With 11 estate vineyards spread along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley, we are blessed to have varied microclimates, soil types and topographies from which to draw. This allows us to grow 39(!) different varietals at Scheid, each planted in the specific site where it will thrive and reach its fullest potential. For Dolcetto, it’s at our northernmost vineyard where we grow just a half-acre of this intriguing varietal. Dolcetto hails from the famed Italian region of Piedmont and the name means “little sweet one,” a translation that doesn’t refer to the sugar content, but rather is an endearing moniker for this much loved yet lesser-known variety. Our 2016 vintage stands out for its pure fruit and firm structure. Loads of black cherry and plums with leather and earth tones provide the yum factor on a palate that is concentrated yet elegant.