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Rich Dolcetto joins the ranks as one of the most important Piedmont red varietals along with Nebbiolo and Barbera , where it is made into a dry, deep red wine with significant tannins, dark fruit, and pepper. Dolcetto is not as sweet as the name (which means “little sweet thing” in Italian) implies, but is a softly juicy wine with fruit overtones. Wines made from the Dolcetto grape are smooth and quaffable, but should generally be consumed when young when they pair beautifully with roast poultry, light veal dishes, Italian pasta sauces and risottos..