An early ripening, low-acid red grape variety cultivated in Piedmont in northwest Italy, Dolcetto yields a ruby-purple wine at once fragrant, soft, and fruitsome, both designed and destined to be consumed within several years of release. While low in acidity and therefore dolce (sweet) per the Piedmontese, Dolcetto (little sweet one) can have forbidding tannins. There are seven Dolcetto DOCs in Piedmont: Acqui, Alba, Asti, Diano d'Alba, Dogliani, Langhe Monregalesi, and Ovada, with licorice-and- almond Alba regarded to be the best. Whichever way you cut it, Dolcetto is not the Beaujolais of Italy!