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Among the famous Nebbiolo and Barbera vineyards of Italy’s Piedmont grows a humbler grape, Dolcetto. A tricky variety, its firm tannins don’t get a chance to soften as low acidity means the wine doesn’t age well. But ancient growers gave the name Dolcetto or ‘Little Sweet One’ for a reason: it ripens easily and quickly even in the coldest sites - it is ‘sweet’ to grow. The resulting pizza-pasta wines are dry but fruity and drinkable young, allowing Piedmont producers some cashflow while their more ‘serious’ varieties age in barrel. But the best Italian and rare new world Dolcettos make youthfulness a distinct charm with bright colour, clean aromatic berry fruit, silky tannins and nutty and earthy complexity.

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  1. 2018 Conterno Fantino Bricco Bastia Dolcetto D'Alba

    2018 Conterno Fantino Bricco Bastia Dolcetto D'Alba

    90 Points John Caro
    A delightfully fresh and vibrant Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy. Considered a "signature"wine of this boutique, family-run winery, the Bricco Bastia offers the bright acidity and blueish red ...
    $26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle

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