2009 Dolce, Napa Valley [3L with Gift Box]
This dramatic double magnum of our late harvest jewel is one of our rarest and most irresistible formats of Dolce, Napa Valley. Often called the "pinnacle of late harvest winemaking in North America," the 2009 vintage offers fresh stone fruit flavors with rich butterscotch-caramel undertones.
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.
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.