Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba
Diano d'Alba is a hilltop village just to the north of Barolo. This small area is renowned for producing varietally intense and concentrated versions of Dolcetto. In recognition of this fact, Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba became a DOCG in 2010. Some 650 acres are devoted to the grape and this produces about 60,000 cases of wine per year.

Dolcetto vineyards here are often older in age and also planted on the most favorable sites. Indeed there are 75 specified "Sori" vineyards in the region, which can be featured on the label. In the Piemontese dialect Sori refers to a vineyard with a coveted southern exposure. This makes a big difference in such a marginal northern climate as it makes for many more sunshine hours over a growing season.

Dolcetto is native to Piedmont, where its name means "little sweet one." It is typically a fresh grapey wine released soon after the harvest and meant to be consumed in its youth. Dolcettos are Piedmont’s answer to Beaujolais, though somewhat firmer of structure and with higher acidity and very mild tannins. Dolcetto in Diano tends to be several degrees more serious; however, much like the best of the Beaujolais Crus. (Wine/Appellations)