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Dolcetto | Grape variety 1/2

Dolcetto | Grape variety 1/2

Dolcetto is a dark-skinned grape from the hills of Monferrato in northwestern Italy. The grape produces soft, fruity wines that range in color from deep ruby red to purple. A typical Dolcetto wine has an intense and bright color and offers dark, slightly spicy aromas with earthy undertones of almonds - or walnuts in more tannic examples. As the wines are generally not suitable for long aging, they should be drunk within three or four years of harvest. The wines are characterized above all by their low acidity, from which derives the name of the variety, which means 'little sweet'. Those who know Italian might understandably assume that all Dolcetto wines are sweet. In fact, sweet Dolcetto wines are rather a rarity.

Dolcetto, often considered the third red grape of Piedmont, is historically something of a poor cousin to Nebbiolo and Barbera. As a result, this adaptable, early-ripening grape is often grown in cooler sites where Nebbiolo, in particular, would struggle to ripen. These plots are often at higher elevations. These cooler sites also help the variety maintain its acidity and not ripen too early (it already ripens a few weeks before Nebbiolo). This can be an important balancing factor for many modern Dolcetto varietals from throughout Piedmont. - Gerardo

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´Lodoli´ Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2020, Ca' del Baio, Piemont

Lodoli Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2020

Ca' del Baio, Piedmont

Dolcetto d'Alba Lodoli is a typical representative of the Piedmontese wine world: straightforward and without frills, this wine invites drinking pleasure in convivial company. The fine nose is fruity, with a slight vegetal note. The good drink is underlined by the low astringency. - Gerardo

"...well done the Dolcetto." - Gambero Rosso

   0,75-L 13 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 8,95 11,93 €/L

Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2019, Renato Corino, Piemont

Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2019

Renato Corino, Piedmont

This refined Dolcetto promises a great drinking experience: intense red-purple color. Fresh and varietal aroma of plums and bitter almonds. Fruity and soft on the palate, at the same time with a good finish. - Gerardo

   0,75-L 13,5% Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) Stock 35

 € 10,50 € 9,99 13,32 €/L

Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2020, Giacomo Brezza & Figli, Piemont

Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2020

Giacomo Brezza & Figli, Piedmont

The fresh, fruity Dolcetto is the typical Piedmontese food companion: the color is brilliant red with violet reflections, the varietal aroma is reminiscent of wild berries and a hint of allspice. The palate is straightforward and supple, with gentle tannins. - Gerardo [TS06/21]

   0,75-L 12 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 10,95 14,60 €/L

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Dolcetto | Grape variety 1/2 | gerardo.de

Dolcetto is a red grape variety from Italy, grown primarily in Piedmont. Dolcetto grapes yield a dry, smooth and well-balanced wine which is usually drunk young. There are many stories surrounding the name Dolcetto, the most popular claiming the name derives from 'the little sweet" - referring to the grapes' attraction to insects. Dolcetto wines, however, are always dry, albeit characterized by mildness.

The early-ripening, low-acid red grape variety Dolcetto is grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria in Piedmont. Its wines are mild, round and fruity-scented and drink best young. There are seven DOC areas for Dolcetto, in quality Alba is considered the finest, but good wines also come from the outlying areas.

Dolcetto is a typical, autochthonous grape variety of Piedmont and widely appreciated and loved as a table wine. The grape prefers calcareous marl and hilly areas between 250 and 600m above sea level. The cradle of Dolcetto is in the Langa, where this grape variety has shared the successes and hardships of the rural population over the centuries. The grape variety is not particularly productive, but of easy handling with a natural resistance to diseases - besides, the Dolcetto has always known how to offer its ripe, sweet fruit to the winegrowers for the table. Hence the name, where the 'dolce' refers to the particular sweetness of the pulp. The wines made from the grape, on the other hand, are exclusively fermented and therefore decidedly dry, with restrained acidity and mild tannins. - Gerardo