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Varietal Character

Our dear ' little sweet one '. How
we adore those puffy rosy cheeks
full of blackberries and plums.
You’ve arrived in America. I hope
that your ‘ Cal-Italian ’ guardians
manage to keep your sour side in
check and never let you get too
mature, as it is your youthful
charm that we so love.

Appellations Growing Dolcetto Grapes

Appellations producing the most Dolcetto wines:

Dolcetto Grape Details


Dolcetto originates in the Piedmont region of Italy, where it is overshadowed by the more powerful and concentrated Nebbiolo and even Barbera. In California there are less than 100 acres under vine, typically grown by expatriate Italians. The grape produces deeply-pigmented wines, thick with fruit character, high in natural acidity and having only mild tannins. Dolcetto is best consumed young, as its youthful fruit character fades quicker than its acidity.

Best-of-Appellation Wine List

See the Dolcetto wines that have been advanced to Best-of-Appellation™ standing for their respective regions.

Featured Dolcetto

Bargetto Winery 2003 La Vita, Estate (Santa Cruz Mountains)
2003 LA VITA is a unique red wine blend of Santa Cruz Mountains varietals (Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Refosco) grown in the estate Regan Vineyards.
buy wine $60.00
Bargetto Winery 2007 Rosso (Santa Cruz Mountains)
A seamless balance of fruit and spice, this is one easy drinking wine.
buy wine $15.00

Latest Dolcetto Recommendations (Reviews)