The 2010 Dolce offers predominant aromas of butterscotch and dried apricots enriched with subtle notes of nutmeg and caramel. Flavors of stone fruit, mostly apricot and peach, mingle with honeysuckle and the caramel character promised by the aroma. Sweetness is in balance with a mouthwatering acidity and its silky texture is present from the coating entry to its smooth and lengthy finish. This wine is concentrated with fruit flavors but its youthful expression is expected to develop inviting bakery aromas over time—warm brioche and
crème brûlée descriptors are becoming evident already. 84% Semillon, 16% Sauvignon Blanc, 32 months in new French oak.
Dolce’s 20-acre vineyard is located in Coombsville, east of the city of Napa, at the base
of the Vaca Mountains, which define the eastern border of Napa 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 of autumn — an 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 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; the result in 2010 was beautifully concentrated fruit harvested over six passes.
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