Dolcetto is a fruity, bright red wine from Piedmont region in northern Italy. Not nearly as famous as Piedmont’s world class Barolo and Barbaresco wines, it also plays second fiddle to Piedmont’s popular Barbera. Dolcetto is the everyday drinking wine among Piedmontese (locals) and is made with 100% Dolcetto grapes. The varietal is much less temperamental than Nebbiolo used in Barolo and Barbaresco. Often sharing the same vineyards, Dolcetto grows at higher elevations with more desirable locations reserved for finicky Nebbiolo.
Dolcetto, aged for only 12 months, is sold on November 1 of the first year after harvest. Dolcetto is cash flow for winemakers who must wait three years for Barbaresco and four years for Barolo until wines are saleable. Dolcetto is drank as a young wine though it will improve with 3-5 years aging.
Aged without oak in stainless or cement tanks, Dolcettos are bright and fruit-forward with moderate tannins – an excellent pairing with many foods. For “red wine only” bigots, Dolcetto is a good match for lighter meals such as salads and seafood. The best Dolcetto come from Dogliani (Dolcetto di Dogliani) and Alba (Dolcetto d’Alba) and most Dolcetto wines are moderately priced around $20.
PECCHENINO Dolcetto di Dogliani San Luigi 2014 $16.
Dogliani, Piedmont Italy
ROAGNA Dolcetto D’Alba 2014 $18.
Alba, Piedmont Italy
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