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Langhe DOC Dolcetto (Italy)

Langhe DOC red wines are made from Nebbiolo, Dolcetto or Barbera.

It is up to each producer to decide the mixing ratio of the grapes.

Langhe DOC Dolcetto must contain at least 85% Dolcetto grapes.

Typical Flavors


Cherry
Cherry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Plum
Plum
Prunes
Prunes

Licorice
Licorice
Violets
Violets
Pepper
Pepper
Coffee
Coffee

Black Cherry and Prunes flavors are typical for Dolcetto.

Hints of Licorice, Violets, Pepper and mild Coffee.

Profile

Dolcetto is a medium wine with low acidity and medium-high tannins:

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

Food Pairing


Tapas
Antipasti
Pizza
Pizza
Hamburger
Hamburger
Sandwitch
Sandwitch

Pasta
Pasta
Mushroom
Mushroom
Sausages
Sausages
Salami
Salami

Ham
Ham
Chicken
Chicken
Lamb
Lamb
Pork
Pork

Dolcetto is easy drinking and very food friendly.

It pairs well with Italian Pasta and Pizza dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent pairings:
Antipasti. Pizza. Burgers.
Smoked Ham. Prosciutto. Salami.
Lasagna. Spagetti with Meatballs.
Pasta with Mushrooms or Truffles.
Grilled and Roasted Meat.
Chicken. Lamb. Pork.

Cheese:
Soft Cheese. Goat Cheese. Feta. Robiola.

Piemonte Spesialities:
Carne Cruda (Veal Tartar).
Gnocci in red sauce with Mushrooms.
Acciughe al Verde (Anchovies with Parsley and Capers).
Aged Salami with Garlic and Black Pepper.

If You Like Dolcetto

You Might Also Like:

Barbera (Italy)
Cabernet Franc (France)
Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo (Italy)
Chianti (Italy)
Dolcetto (Italy)
Frappato (Italy)
Garnacha (Spain)
GSM Wines (France)
Rioja Crianza (Spain)
Teroldego (Italy)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

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

The large size of the glass allows the fruit 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.

Langhe DOC (1994)

The Langhe DOC area extends the geographical Langhe area in Piemonte.

It was established to prevent quality wines (that did not meet existing DOC requirements) to be categorized as table wine. The DOC also defines a number of French grapes.

These "Super Piemonteses" are a close parallel to the "Super Toscans" in Toscana.

Langhe DOC Red Wines

DOCDescription
RossoAny mix of the grapes below
BarberaMin 85% Barbera
Cabernet SauvignonMin 85% Cabernet Sauvignon
DolcettoMin 85% Dolcetto
FreisaMin 85% Freisa
MerlotMin 85% Merlot
NebbioloMin 85% Nebbiolo
Pinot NeroMin 85% Pinot Noir

Langhe DOC White Wines

DOCDescription
BiancoAny mix of the grapes below
ArneisMin 85% Arneis
ChardonnayMin 85% Chardonnay
FavoritaMin 85% Favorita
NascettaMin 85% Nascetta
RieslingMin 85% Riesling
RossesseMin 85% Rossesse
SauvignonMin 85% Sauvignon Blanc

Langhe DOC Rosato

DOCDescription
RosatoMin 60% Barbera, Dolcetto, and/or Nebbiolo

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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