noun, often capitalized
dol·​cet·​to | \ dōl-ˈche-tō How to pronounce dolcetto (audio) \

Definition of dolcetto

: a light fruity red wine from the Piedmont region of Italy

Examples of dolcetto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Piedmont, Italy, $20 Ruchè is a minor red grape from Piedmont, in northwestern Italy, a region best known for nebbiolo and dolcetto. Washington Post, "Make this easy-to-find, $9 rosé your summer sipper," 22 May 2020 But good dolcetto requires a producer to take it seriously rather than treat it as a cheap, throwaway wine. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "15 Wines Under $15: Inexpensive Bottles for Stay-at-Home Drinking," 2 Apr. 2020 And emerging areas such as the Adelaide Hills are giving an antipodean twist to obscure French and Italian grapes from savagnin to dolcetto. Bruce Schoenfeld, Saveur, "Australia: The Wine Destination of the Year," 2 Sep. 2015 This sets a high standard for dolcetto, juicy with spicy cherry and berry flavors and a lively finish. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "This $12 cabernet franc is one of the best bargains so far this year," 20 Sep. 2019 Luckily, a change in generations and sensibilities is giving lighter, brighter red wines enough cachet to goose demand and merit a few extra dollars per bottle, as with this pitch-perfect dolcetto from Italy’s Piedmont region. Marnie Old,, "Great Wine Values: Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba," 1 May 2018 Yet when the grapes are grown conscientiously in the right places, and the wine made carefully, dolcetto can be delightful. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "20 Wines for Under $20: Weeknight Pleasures for Relaxed Evenings," 21 Sep. 2017 Italian grapes such as montepulciano, dolcetto, sangiovese, and vermentino are now having a moment and will figure in Australia’s future. Elin Mccoy,, "Surprising Australian Wines Are Storming America’s Shores," 9 Oct. 2017 This super juicy blend of dolcetto, barbera, and nebbiolo from Mendocino gets better every year. Elin Mccoy,, "The Wilder Side of Rosé: New Types of Pink to Drink This Summer," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of dolcetto

1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dolcetto

Italian, a grape variety, wine made from the grape, from dolcetto somewhat sweet, from dolce

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“Dolcetto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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