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Dolcetto


International Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon   Merlot   Pinot Noir   Syrah

Major Varieties: Cabernet Franc    Grenache    Malbec    Nebbiolo    Sangiovese    Tempranillo    Zinfandel

Regional Varieties:   Baga    Barbera    Blaufränkisch    Brachetto    Carignan    Carménère    Cinsaut    Dolcetto    Gamay    Graciano    Lagrein    Malvasia Nera    Marzemino    Montepulciano    Mourvèdre    Nero d'Avola    Petit Verdot    Petite Sirah    Pinot Meunier    Pinotage    Touriga Nacional


Dolcetto, a charming Italian grape, is most often grown in Piedmont or the surrounding areas, but has spread to California and the rest of the US. Meant to be drunk young, the wines are dry and have flavors of black cherry and licorice. Despite low tannin levels, they can sometimes be bitter. Paired with pasta and pizza dishes, the majority of Dolcetto wines are table wines, but there are some exceptions. There are various producers, but since Dolcetto is a largely unknown grape, availability is generally limited.