Dolcetto?is a dark-skinned wine grape from the?Monferrato?hills of northwestern Italy. The variety has successfully made its way to?Australia?and the?U.S., but?Piedmont?is generally regarded as its spiritual home. The region has several appellations dedicated exclusively to Dolcetto, the most notable of which cover DOCG-level wines from vineyards near?Dogliani,?Diano d'Alba?and?Ovada. Dolcetto wines from?Alba,?Acqui?and?Asti?hold DOC status and are also worthy of mention. In Liguria, Piedmont's southern neighbor, the variety goes by the name?Ormeasco, and is used to make?Ormeasco di Pornassio.
An alluring ruby color, the succulent and refreshing cherry notes are delightfully accented by the soft earthiness of Sangiovese. Cabernet Sauvignon adds tannin and structure while the Merlot adds a silky, medium-body finish. Dolcetto brings just a touch of sweetness.