Although the name Dolcetto means
"little sweet one", the wines are mainly dry, often substantial, and
perhaps the ideal every day wine. Almost exclusive to Italy, the grape
grows in some of the least promising areas of Piedmont. Sometimes
compared to Beaujolais, but somewhat richer, it is usually bottled as a
varietal, with Dolcetto d'Alba being one of the best known. Enjoy it in
its youth as it does not age well.
Highly coloured with a purplish hue. Very fruity and fragrant with
aromas of bitter cherry, chocolate and licorice. Lightly tannic, good
body and concentrated, with a bit of a bite.
Food Matches Antipasti,
cold cuts, stuffed peppers, mozzarella, white truffle, pizza, pasta
with red sauce, poultry, light meats, risotto, fontina.