Wine Review: Dolce Late Harvest

Basic Information

Name – Dolce Late Harvest

Producer – Dolce Wine by Far Niente

Vintage – 2005

Region – USA – California – Napa

Varietal – 90% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon Blanc

Pricing – $79.99 – 375mL bottle

Alcohol – 13.8%

Appearance

A clear wine with intense hues of gold.

Aroma/Nose

Nose is clean with notes of honey, orange, apricot and pear.

Taste/Palate

This is a sweet dessert wine with high acidity and full body. Bright flavors of golden apple, orange and apricot fruit hit the palate followed by almond, vanilla and honey. The honey lingers on the palate for sweet lengthy finish.

Overall Experience

I thought this Dolce Late Harvest by Dolce Wine was an outstanding wine starting from the appearance straight through to the finish. The multitude of flavors on the palate makes for an exceptional experience and for great conversation. Well-balanced, complex with a long finish makes for a sweet ending to any day.

Pairings

Food – Desserts – Chocolate, Pudding, Fruits, Savory

Cigar – Nub CappuccinoDiesel Unlimited dX or El Gueguense by Foundation Cigars

Publication Ratings

Wine Enthusiast – 95pts.

Wine Spectator – 92pts.

Winemakers Tasting Notes

Aromas of stone and citrus fruits – pear, peach, and orange rind – are balanced by more subtle layers of honey and an earthy minerality. The 2005 Dolce will retain its youthful fruitiness for the first two or three years in bottle, after which its bottle bouquet will emerge as a complement to the ripe fruit. The texture is coating on the palate but the sweetness is held in balance by a mouthwatering oiliness. Flavors of concentrated and ripe citrus fruits dominate in the mouth and linger through the finish, which is both long and coating in texture. Dolce’s style, driven by the ripeness conferred by California’s abundant sunshine, is particularly notable in this vintage. Given the opportunity to age, this wine will develop a perfume in the bottle that will add spice to the concentrated, fruit-driven aromas.

About Dolce Wine / Far Niente– (Source www.dolcewine.com)