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Far Niente "Dolce" Late Harvest 2012 [375 ml HALF-BOTTLE] (Napa Valley, California) [WE 98]
Far Niente "Dolce" Late Harvest 2012 [375 ml HALF-BOTTLE] (Napa Valley, California) [WE 98]


 
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Winery: Far Niente
Varietal: 80% Sémillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Napa Valley, California
Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: DOLCE12-H-W
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Press / Wine Critic's Reviews
 
Notes from the Winemaker:

Aromas of apricot, poached pear and orange rind dominate the more subtle clove and mineral notes. The flavors mimic the aromas on the nose, melding with a mouthwatering texture and added notes of juicy orange and citrus blossom. This wine shows the restraint of youthfulness with the expectation that its bottle bouquet will emerge with a few more years of bottle age.

Vineyard Notes:
Dolce’s 20-acre 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 westfacing vineyard is protected from the prevailing winds so that the damp, morning fog of autumn—a very important factor in the development of Botrytis cinerea—hangs longer amongst 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.

Wine Specs:
Harvest Date: October 26 – 31, 2009
Aging: 31 months in French oak (100% new)
Fermentation: 4 – 10 weeks
Residual Sugar: 12.5%
Alcohol: 13.9%


Ratings & Reviews
98 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This is divinely sweet without ever becoming cloying. A blend of 89% Sémillon and 11% Sauvignon Blanc from grapes grown in Coombsville, it offers a clean, creamy palate of peat, caramel, vanilla wafer, nuts and honey. If a finishing touch of sweetness is needed at the end of any meal, this is your wine." - Virginie Boone (5/1/2018)"

98 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2008 Vintage):
"With this wine, Dolce cements its status as California’s most consistently great dessert wine. This year’s blend is 80% Sémillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, and the grapes were infected with the botrytis, resulting in the fantastic sweetness. Devastating in apricot, orange, pear, honey, vanilla and créme brûlée flavors, in an unctuous, viscous texture, with wonderfully clean acidity, it’s certainly one of the greatest sweet California wines in memory."

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