Dolcetto Wine: A Brief Introduction

From Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay, the list of wine varieties continues to grow and change with time, but there are always those steadfast wine varieties that stick around in the background as a popular favorite without as much notoriety. Dolcetto wine is the perfect example. This lovely dark red wine is actually as old as some of the more noteworthy wines, but it is not one you will find people talking a lot about, even though it is well worth the attention. If you are a wine connoisseur, Dolcetto is most definitely a wine that you should get more familiar with. Here are a few things you should know about Dolcetto wine. 

What are the primary flavor notes of Dolcetto wine?

Dolcetto wines are more a dry wine, even though Dolcetto is a term that signifies sweetness. On the contrary, the wine has more of a bitter hint of tart black cherry or prunes, and may even offer a slight aftertaste resemblant of almonds of licorice. Some people refer to Dolcetto as an early-morning or breakfast wine because of its soft and subtle flavor notes and because of its trademark bitterness that wakes up the taste buds and the senses. 

What foods does Dolcetto wine pair well with?

For the most part, you will find Dolcetto served with heavier Italian dishes like a stone-fired pizza covered in fresh basil or herb-and-pepper pasta smothered in a lot of flavors. The lightness of Dolcetto goes well with a lot of different foods and works well with dishes that have a lot of herbaceous flavor complexities. Dolcetto served as a drink with cheese is common, especially if the cheese served has a more sharp, intense flavors, such as pungent parmesan or extra sharp cheddar. 

What is the history of Dolcetto wine?

Dolcetto grapes are believed to have originated in France, but there are other speculations that the wine came from other regions nearby. In modern times, Dolcetto grapes are mostly cultivated in Italy, however. Dolcetto wine has been a prized wine for a long time in many parts of Europe but has also gained a lot of popularity in the U.S over the last several years, and especially since European wines have become such a big part of local wine interest. You will probably find Dolcetto listed as a house wine at local Italian restaurants, and you may even see Dolcetto at a wine and spirits store that offers a nice selection of Italian wines.