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Dolce Winery Late Harvest 2002

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Vineyard Notes The 20-acre Dolce vineyard is located in Coombsville, east of the city of Napa, and is situated at the base of the Vaca Mountains, which define the eastern border of the valley. The volcanic soil is loose and well drained, and the west-facing vineyard is protected from the prevailing winds so that the damp, morning fog – a very important factor in the development of Botrytis cinerea – hangs longer among the vines, often until midday. A combination of high humidity followed by drying conditions encourages, but does not guarantee, the growth of Botrytis. As the mold develops, its coverage is seemingly random with individual berries succumbing to Botrytis at different rates, if at all. Harvest Notes The 2002 growing season was marked by a notably late bud break. Fortunately, the weather cooperated after April, allowing bloom and veraison to occur as anticipated. The fruit was ripe by mid-September and the first evidence of Botrytis cinerea was soon to follow. The harvest began on October 24th with a thorough and meticulous picking pass yielding only a very small quantity of wine. A period of warm weather, that is not uncommon for this time of year, delayed any further development of Botrytis until a light rain storm in early November. We briefly picked again in mid-November for another light harvest. The majority of the fruit developed Botrytis around this time and we completed the harvest three days immediately following Thanksgiving! Well, it is a harvest holiday isn't it? This vintage was much more plentiful than the previous year's, largely because our new three-acre vineyard in Coombsville came into production. Sensory Evaluation The 2002 Dolce is youthful in its forward presentation of fruit aromas and flavors. Melon and citrus notes suggest canteloupe and orange rind. The honeysuckle Botrytis character is particularly strong in the mouth, as is Dolce's signature silky texture and long, mouthwatering finish. More subtle flavors of toasted almonds, fig, and dried apricots integrate nicely with notes of brioche and bread pudding. The meticulous attention we give to each step of Dolce's production ensures we are able to craft the finest late harvest wine. Appellation: Napa Valley Harvest Dates: Oct. 24 – Nov 30, 2002 Fermentation Time: 3 – 16 weeks Residual Sugar at Bottling: 12 Release Date: February 2006 Varietals: 93% Semillon, 7% Sauvignon Blanc Aging: 28 months in French oak (100% new) Alcohol: 14.1% Cases Produced: 2450 cases (nine-liter cases)

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Dolce:
Dolce embraces a deceptively simple philosophy: the pursuit of perfection in the art of late harvest winemaking. Created in 1985 by the partners of Far Niente, its existence is the result of overcoming remarkable adversity and developing expertise where no one else in the U.S. had it. Dolce stands as the pinnacle, where Mother Nature and craftsmanship combine to define luxury through a wine cap... Read more
Dolce embraces a deceptively simple philosophy: the pursuit of perfection in the art of late harvest winemaking. Created in 1985 by the partners of Far Niente, its existence is the result of overcoming remarkable adversity and developing expertise where no one else in the U.S. had it. Dolce stands as the pinnacle, where Mother Nature and craftsmanship combine to define luxury through a wine capable of flirting with your emotions like no other. With a classic blend of late harvest Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, Dolce is the only American winery dedicated to producing a single late harvest wine. Dolce has brought forth a wine in every vintage, yet in small, unpredictable quantities; witness to the incredible difficulties presented every year in the effort to make Dolce. Dolce is an extraordinary wine bred from a combination of sunshine, soil, fog, expertise and dedication; a wondrous luxury, limited by nature to always being a gift of absurd rarity. Read less

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Snooth User: queenie nyc
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01/17/2009

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Ripe, rich and extracted, with sugary honey, apricot, crème brûlée and cedary vanilla-laced oak. A bit disjointed, but has the richness, concentration and focus to reward cellaring. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Best from 2007 through 2012. 2,450 cas... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2002 Dolce (Far Niente) Late Harvest 3000ml



Vineyard Notes The 20-acre Dolce vineyard is located in Coombsville, east of the city of Napa, and is situated at the base of the Vaca Mountains, which define the eastern border of the valley. The volcanic soil is loose and well drained, and the west-facing vineyard is protected from the prevailing winds so that the damp, morning fog – a very important factor in the development of Botrytis cinerea – hangs longer among the vines, often until midday. A combination of high humidity followed by drying conditions encourages, but does not guarantee, the growth of Botrytis. As the mold develops, its coverage is seemingly random with individual berries succumbing to Botrytis at different rates, if at all. Harvest Notes The 2002 growing season was marked by a notably late bud break. Fortunately, the weather cooperated after April, allowing bloom and veraison to occur as anticipated. The fruit was ripe by mid-September and the first evidence of Botrytis cinerea was soon to follow. The harvest began on October 24th with a thorough and meticulous picking pass yielding only a very small quantity of wine. A period of warm weather, that is not uncommon for this time of year, delayed any further development of Botrytis until a light rain storm in early November. We briefly picked again in mid-November for another light harvest. The majority of the fruit developed Botrytis around this time and we completed the harvest three days immediately following Thanksgiving! Well, it is a harvest holiday isn't it? This vintage was much more plentiful than the previous year's, largely because our new three-acre vineyard in Coombsville came into production. Sensory Evaluation The 2002 Dolce is youthful in its forward presentation of fruit aromas and flavors. Melon and citrus notes suggest canteloupe and orange rind. The honeysuckle Botrytis character is particularly strong in the mouth, as is Dolce's signature silky texture and long, mouthwatering finish. More subtle flavors of toasted almonds, fig, and dried apricots integrate nicely with notes of brioche and bread pudding. The meticulous attention we give to each step of Dolce's production ensures we are able to craft the finest late harvest wine. Appellation: Napa Valley Harvest Dates: Oct. 24 – Nov 30, 2002 Fermentation Time: 3 – 16 weeks Residual Sugar at Bottling: 12 Release Date: February 2006 Varietals: 93% Semillon, 7% Sauvignon Blanc Aging: 28 months in French oak (100% new) Alcohol: 14.1% Cases Produced: 2450 cases (nine-liter cases)

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