Dolce represents the pinnacle of late harvest winemaking. Indeed, Dolce is the only American winery dedicated to producing a single late harvest wine. Created in 1985 by the partners of Far Niente, Dolce has achieved what no other winery in the United States has been able to accomplish. And we’ve done so through painstaking efforts that involve the finest craftsmanship and the willingness of Mother Nature to lend a hand.
The result? A sublime blend of acidity and sweetness thanks to the luxurious and rare combination of late harvest Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
We’re patient. Late harvest wines take time and an extraordinary level of focused attention. Beyond that, in order to create a wine with the qualities of Dolce, it takes land that seemingly was designed for this very purpose. Land with a combination of gravel, volcanic ash, loam and clay which has been formed over thousands and thousands of years. At Dolce, we like to believe that whatever force was behind the formation of this land had these 20 acres at the southern end of the Napa Valley in mind for something truly special.
"In 1985, Napa Valley's Far Niente winery launched Dolce, a decadent late-harvest blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon aged for 32 months in French oak barrels. Rich with caramel, honeysuckle, and sweet lemon flavors, it set a benchmark for California dessert wines at the time and still does today."
Dolce was featured in this round-up of delicious wines - "and while these options tend to be technically sweet, they’re just a drop in a delicious bucket full of sweet white wines and sweet red wines. There are, in fact, a plurality of styles and directions to go within the category, united by higher residual sugar content but extremely different in terms of taste, fragrance, and build."
Dolce has been featured in Beverage Media's 2020 Holiday Gift Guide! The Guide includes wine and spirits that are ideal for the holiday season, calling Dolce "Late Harvest Liquid Gold Wine in a Gold Gift Box."
Far Niente is known for its cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, but its Dolce winery is devoted to producing one single late harvest wine. This type of wine is made from grapes picked a month or two after regular harvest, concentrating flavors and sweetness. The 2013 vintage is bursting with orange and caramel notes, along with gentle spice flavors and a soft minerality.