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Far Niente Dolce Late Harvest 2011

Member Review by me3boyz:

This wine is fantastic! Enjoy it with a strong bleu cheese and you will think you've died and gone to heaven!

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Far Niente Winery:
Far Niente was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a forty-niner of the California gold rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter, Winslow Homer. Benson hired architect Hamden McIntyre, creator of the former Christian Brothers winery – now the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone – to design the building. Constructed against a hillside in western Oakville, Far Niente functio... Read more
Far Niente was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a forty-niner of the California gold rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter, Winslow Homer. Benson hired architect Hamden McIntyre, creator of the former Christian Brothers winery – now the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone – to design the building. Constructed against a hillside in western Oakville, Far Niente functioned as a gravity flow winery, gently moving the grapes through each stage of production. Far Niente prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919, when it was abandoned and left to fall into disrepair. Sixty years later, in 1979, Gil Nickel purchased the winery and adjacent vineyard and began a three-year restoration of the property. During restoration, the original name, Far Niente, from an Italian phrase that romantically translated means "without a care," was found carved in stone on the front of the building where it remains to this day. We felt an obligation to preserve the name with the hope that we could recapture a bygone era when life was indeed without a care. Nineteen eighty-two marked the return of winemaking to Far Niente, with the harvest of the winery’s first Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay was also produced at the winery for the first time that year; the 1979, ’80 and ’81 vintage wines were made at an offsite location. Today, the winery continues to focus on producing only the two varietal wines. California’s Oldest Bottle of Wine Far Niente’s past and present were reunited in 1998, when a bottle of Far Niente Sweet Muscat, vintage 1886, was discovered in a private cellar in Marin County, CA. The bottle exhibits the original label, cork and capsule, and is believed to be the oldest intact bottle of California wine in existence today. The label, featuring a sepia-tone line drawing of a hammock laden with grape clusters, is thought to have been designed by Benson’s nephew, artist Winslow Homer. Historians of the artist liken the style of the hammock on the label to the same technique employed in Homer’s other works. Eric Rudd, a historian and expert on Homer, has explained that while Homer created very little commercial art, he was known to have supplied his work to friends and relations for commercial use, including his cousin, Virginia Johnson. This was the same Virginia Johnson who inherited Far Niente in the early 1900s, from her uncle, John Benson. Today, Far Niente wines carry an intricate art nouveau-style parchment label, which was designed by artist Tom Rodrigues in 1979. Rodrigues also designed the labels for Far Niente’s sister wineries Dolce, producer of a late harvest wine, and Nickel & Nickel, a new winery devoted exclusively to producing small-lot, single vineyard wines. When John Benson built Far Niente in 1885, it was evident by the stone archway in the west wall of the cellar that wine caves were to be chiseled into the solid rock. Unfortunately, as a result of Mr. Benson's death and the forced closure brought on by Prohibition, these caves never materialized. It was in 1980, one year after Far Niente was purchased by Gil Nickel, that Alf Burtleson was hired by Gil to dig a small 60-foot wine cave in the hill behind the winery. Little did the two men know at the time, that the Far Niente wine caves would become the first to be constructed in North America since the turn of the century, spawning a new industry in California wine country. Almost ten years after the first excavation and accompanied by Alf's expertise, Gil undertook the adventurous project of expanding the wine caves to 15,060 square feet. At the time, Alf and his four-man crew utilized a 22-foot long electric and hydraulic drill used in England for digging coal mines, and completed the shotcrete-lined caves in 1991. A second phase, adjoining an additional 13,000 square feet were added in 1995, and a third phase, bringing the total cave area to 40,000 square feet, was completed in 2001. “Caves have qualities beneficial to wine aging that are impossible to capture in an above-ground building,” says Dirk Hampson, director of winemaking at Far Niente. Much attention and concern have been devoted to the aesthetics in the integral design of the caves, which consist of recessed lighting, back-lit niches, a large octagonal wine library, and a number of 45-degree tunnels. In addition to the wonders of aging wine in beautiful surroundings, much can be attributed to the practical benefits of storing and aging wine underground. A constant temperature of 58-60 degrees Fahrenheit, accompanied by natural humidity, contribute to low evaporation in a consistent environment. Far Niente's caves currently house approximately 2,500 French oak barrels. Read less

Member Reviews for Far Niente Dolce Late Harvest

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Snooth User: me3boyz
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2009 09/16/2009

This wine is fantastic! Enjoy it with a strong bleu cheese and you will think you've died and gone to heaven!


Snooth User: Trendyhendy17
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/27/2009

this is a very, very sweet wine, obviously coupled with creme brulee and other desserts... though this wine dances around the palette and from beginning to end is always a phantom of joy.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 11/08/2009

- Tasted at Lee's Wine Experience 11/7/09


Snooth User: lms79
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 01/17/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: Mr Dolce
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 01/08/2013

My lips are trembling just thinking about this late harvest phenomenon! Although not many know of its existence, I was lucky enough to embark on a taste and I have never looked back. The eloquent beauty of color it displays in each bottle simply captivates your sense of sight. Your nose is tempted to smell the cork, but there's just no way to know unless opened. An aromatic wave of delight is unleashed once you take in the nose. The taste will simply change your life.


Snooth User: qmckenna
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2003 02/17/2009

awesome lush apricot and peach. alcohol takes a back seat, but acid provide decent balance


Snooth User: meg1
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2003 09/14/2008

Liquid candy!


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External Reviews for Far Niente Dolce Late Harvest

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Vintage: 2010 07/16/2016

Youthfully fruity with layered aromas ranging from fresh-baked lemon bars to honey and caramel. In the mouth, the citrus aromas shift to peach and pineapple flavors. The silky entry evolves into a creamy and coating texture that is rich yet balanced through the finish. Concentrated and fruit-driven, this vintage will reveal additional layers of aroma and flavor along with a perfumed bottle-bouquet in the years to come.


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Vintage: 2009 10/04/2012

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 Website


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Vintage: 2007 01/11/2013

Far Niente Late Harvest Dessert Wine Dolce is round and deeply fruity in its youth, and develops floral and hazelnut notes as it ages. A blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.


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Vintage: 2007 11/04/2014

Another spectacular Dolce which continues the brand s string of successes and further emphasizes its standing as one of California s greatest- white dessert wines. It lacks a touch of the concentration found in the 2006 but it dazzles nonetheless with intricate sweet flavors of honey butterscotch golden-apricot nectar orange marmalade pineapple tart vanilla and buttered toast. And all that is brightened by crisp acidity. Terrific to drink now and it will hold in a proper cellar for a decade. The blend is 82% S


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Vintage: 2007 11/14/2013

Another spectacular Dolce which continues the brand s string of successes and further emphasizes its standing as one of California s greatest- white dessert wines. It lacks a touch of the concentration found in the 2006 but it dazzles nonetheless with intricate sweet flavors of honey butterscotch golden-apricot nectar orange marmalade pineapple tart vanilla and buttered toast. And all that is brightened by crisp acidity. Terrific to drink now and it will hold in a proper cellar for a decade. The blend is 82% Simillon and 18% Sauvignon Blanc. Wine Enthusiast.


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Vintage: 2006 05/15/2011

A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2006 Dolce (Far Niente) Late Harvest 375ml


External Review
Vintage: 2006 07/06/2011

WE 98pts. - Winemaker Notes - The 2006 Dolce is intensely fruity, driven by aromas of citrus and stone fruits, and layered with notes of honey and spice. Ripe peach and pear dominate in the nose and are complemented with notes of orange zest, dried apricot and fig. The palate is loaded with ripe and juicy apricot. It begins with a silky entry, followed by an unctuous and balanced mid-palate, and a mouthwatering, clean finish. With time we expect the emergence of the bottle bouquet, together with a subtle minerality, will beautifully showcase the fruit-forward nature of this youngster.


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