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Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG (Italy)

Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG is a red wine from Piemonte in Italy.

Typical Flavors


Cherry
Cherry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Plum
Plum
Geranium
Geranium

Violets
Violets
Pepper
Pepper
Coffee
Coffee
Licorice
Licorice

Black Cherry and Plum flavors are typical for Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG.

Hints of Licorice, Violets, Pepper and mild Coffee.

Profile

Dolcetto Dogliani is considered one of the best in Piedmont:

BODYMedium - Plus
TANNINSMedium - High
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - Low
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing


Salami
Salami
Sausages
Sausages
Ham
Ham
Hamburger
Hamburger

Lasagna
Lasagna
Pizza
Rich Pizza
Pasta
Pasta
Risotto
Risotto

Mushroom
Mushroom
Lamb
Lamb
Pork
Pork
Veal
Veal

Dolcetto is very food friendly.

It pairs well with Italian Fresh Pasta Dishes and Salami.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent pairings:
Rich Pizza. Burgers.
Prosciutto. Salami.
Lasagne al Forno. Spagetti with Meatballs.
Pasta with Mushrooms or Truffles.
Grilled and Roasted Meat.
Chicken. Lamb. Pork.

Cheese:
Semi Hard Cheeses.
Robiola di Roccaverano.

Piemonte Spesialities:
Tajarin con Fegatini (Fresh Pasta with Chicken Liver).
Aged Salami with Garlic and Black Pepper.

If You Like Dolcetto Dogliani

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Cannonau (Italy)
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Chianti Classico (Italy)
Merlot (France)
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (Italy)
Primitivo (Italy)
Ribeira Sacra (Spain)
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Italy)
Zinfandel (USA)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for a bodied red wine.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About Dolcetto

Dolcetto means "little sweet one", probably because the grapes ripen (become sweet = dolce) before other varieties. Or maybe Dolcetto derives from the local dialect "Dosset" or "hills", typical of Piedmontese wine landscape.

The people of Piemonte have always enjoyed their famous red wines (Barolo, Barbaresco, and Barbera), but their traditional everyday wine has been Dolcetto.

Dolcetto is light and soft and can be drunk young, due to low acidity and soft tannins.

Traditionally, Dolcetto is served in the middle of a meal, after the whites and before the heavier reds.

Dolcetto was the everyday wine (Vino da tavola) in Piemonte after World War II. Today, Barbera is beginning to overtake the everyday wine role in Piemonte. Barbera produces more fruit and the price of Barbera is now lower than the price of Dolcetto.

"Traditionally we pair Dolcetto with spicy features such as garlic or pepper. Outside Piemonte the wine is perfect with a classic pizza."
—Alfio Cavallotto, Cavallotto Winery.

About Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG

There are 2 types: 1) Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG 2) Dolcetto Dogliani Superiore DOCG.

Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG has a "drink me soon" style with a minimum alcohol of 12 abv.

Dolcetto Dogliani Superiore DOCG is aged at least for 12 months, must have a min alcohol of 13 abv, and has restrictions about max yield.

Dogliani is both the name of a wine region and the name of a village just a few miles south of the famous wine village Barolo.

In Dogliani DOCG, the only grape allowed is Dolcetto.

Dogliani DOCG has a bolder style compared to Dolcetto d'Alba and Dolcetto d'Asti.

Piemonte (Piedmont)

Piemonte has been an important wine province since Roman times. The area is influenced both culturally and climatically by the Alps in the north, and the Ligurian coast in the south.

Piemonte

Nebbiolo (the power of the Barolo and Barbaresco) is the most famous grape of Piemonte, followed by the red grapes Barbera and Dolcetto.

For whites, Cortese and Arneis are the most popular grapes.

For dessert, the off-dry, sparkling Moscato d'Asti is the queen.

The most important wine regions are:

  • Asti (Barbera d'Asti)
  • Langhe (Nebbiolo, Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera di Alba, Dolcetto, Roero)
  • Monferrato (Barbera del Monferrat, Nizza, Cortese di Gavi)
  • North (Gattinara, Ghemme)

Piemonte has 17 DOCG regions:

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