About Dolcetto Red Wine

About Dolcetto Red Wine
While Piedmont is home to a number of powerful reds made from the Nebbiolo grape, Dolcetto is one of the region’s most charming everyday reds. The grape’s name literally means “little sweet one,” which has not helped sales, as many believe it to be a sweet red wine. However it is a dry red; the sweet terminology refers to the young, ripe fruit, with flavors of black raspberry and cranberry that burst forth in the aromas and on the palate. Tannins are moderate, so this is a medium-bodied red to be enjoyed in its youth, generally from two to four years, although a few examples can drink well for a decade, especially those from the Dogliani area.

Top Picks for Dolcetto

Frey 2016 Organic Dolcetto
84 points
$15
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of raisins, honey, sesame, and peanut paste with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish displaying notes of pine and fruit cake. A carefree take on Italy’s little sweet one; fruity and pairable.