Dolcetto Dolcetto is a grape that likes to be different. It flourishes on sites that its Piedmontese counterparts - Barbera and Nebbiolo - tend to dislike. While these grapes produce high-acid wines - and often ripen so late that winemakers are driven to blind panic! - Dolcetto is ready to harvest early, and produces low-acid wines. Its characteristic flavours are violets, prunes, liquorice and cherry, with a bitter, almond-like finish. The best Dolcetto wines can be found in Italy, though some very successful examples exist in America and Australia. Signature Style Darkly coloured wines with deep black cherry, prune and liquorice flavours Famous Examples Gianfranco Alessandria, Rocky's Dolcetto Principal regions Piedmont, some areas of California Synonyms Dolsin, Ormeasco Did you know? Dolcetto means literally 'little sweet one' - a confusing moniker, as it does not suit its bitter liquorice flavours well at all! In the early 18th Century Barnabà Centurione sent a case of Dolcetto to King George II of Great Britain Australia has some of the world's oldest Dolcetto vines - some dating back to 1860!