Whilst it lacks the nobility of some other black varieties (Nebbiolo in particular) from Piedmont, Dolcetto is a highly individual and interesting variety.

Dolcetto roughly translates as 'the little sweet one', but is far from living up to its name: rather the opposite. It is renowned for its tannic dryness and bitter dark fruit, which I find rather appealing.

Dolcetto is grown all over Piedmont. But finds its spiritual home in Langhe, particularly in the small region of Dogliani, where it excels. Elsewhere in Langhe, particularly Barolo and Barbaresco, Dolcetto often plays the role of using up the cooler exposed parts of the vineyard where the late ripening Nebbiolo would be less successful, with a few notable exceptions.

Although it has the ability to age quite well. Dolcetto is often enjoyed in its youth.

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