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Dolce (375ML half-bottle) 2012

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    13.5% ABV
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      13.5% ABV

      Winemaker Notes

      The 2012 Dolce is bursting with flavors of apricot and orange liqueur. Enticing fruit-forward aromas persist throughout the wine. On the palate, mouthwatering layers of vanilla and brioche mingle with lush fruit. A rich, distinctive texture and a smooth, coating mouthfeel carry this wine’s full flavors into a long and satisfying finish.

      Blend: 89% Semillon, 11% Sauvignon Blanc

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      WE 98
      Wine Enthusiast
      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.
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      Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
      COMMENTARY: Whenever I have the chance to taste the Dolce, I ask myself, "Why do I need to go to Sauternes?" While it is often hard to pass up the best sweet wines from Bordeaux, the Dolce is just a couple of hours by car for me. TASTING NOTES: This wine is rich and opulent. Its aromas and flavors of dried peaches, smashed apricots, and savory earth make it a dessert onto itself, but pair it with a winter apple torte. (Tasted: January 11, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
      W&S 91
      Wine & Spirits
      The team at Far Niente farms 20 acres of semillon and sauvignon blanc in the southwestern corner of Napa Valley, and built a separate winery to produce this botrytised wine. It ferments in new oak barrels for six months, then ages for three years before the top barrels are selected for the blend. The 2012 has the wheaty richness of semillon and the honeysuckle scent of botrytis. It’s draped with honeyed flavor, then finishes clean. For hazelnut biscotti.
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      Dolce Winery, Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
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      Dolce was founded in 1989 by the three partners of Far Niente as they started pursuing the goal of creating world-class late-harvest wine in the Napa Valley. Dolce devotes itself exclusively to the production of a single late-harvest wine blended from botrytised Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.

      Coombsville

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      Situated in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley in the Vaca range, the vineyards of the Coombsville AVA enjoy a long growing season mitigated by cool, San Pablo Bay fog.

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