Far Niente Dolce Napa Valley 2011
One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £434.64
Country - USA
Region - California
Grape Varieties - Semillon 80%, Sauvignon Blanc 20%
Alcohol by volume - 14%
Bottle - 37.5cl
Producer - Far Niente
Tasting notes - Dolce is intensely fruity, driven by aromas of citrus and stone fruits, and layered with notes of honey and spice. Ripe peach and pear dominate in the nose and are complemented with notes of orange zest, dried apricot and fig. The palate is loaded with ripe and juicy apricot. It begins with a silky entry, followed by an unctuous and balanced mid-palate, and a mouth-watering, clean finish.
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A lusciously sweet wine with ripe tropical fruits and
caramelised apricot and orange flavours, long and
Far Niente, one of the earliest stone wineries, derives its name from the Italian phrase
"Dolce Far Niente" (how sweet it is to do nothing). It was founded in 1885 and
flourished until prohibition. Abandoned for over 60 years, the winery was purchased
in 1979 by Gil Nickel. He started the long process of restoring it. Far Niente's quest to
produce outstanding wines of distinctive character has led them to a philosophy
that requires vineyard ownership. Today, they own 200 acres (3 different vineyard
sites) of what many regard as some of the finest vineyard land in the Napa Valley.
Dolce's 20 vineyard acres are located in Coombsville, east of the city of Napa, and
are 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 west-facing 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 mould
develops, its coverage is seemingly random with individual berries succumbing to
Botrytis at different rates, if at all.
The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes were carefully selected and then vinified
in the traditional manner. The wine then spent 31 months in 100% new French oak,
adding a delicious complexity to the final wine.
Dolce is intensely fruity, driven by aromas of citrus and stone fruits, and layered with
notes of honey and spice. Ripe peach and pear dominate in the nose and are
complemented with notes of orange zest, dried apricot and fig. The palate is loaded
with ripe and juicy apricot. It begins with a silky entry, followed by an unctuous and
balanced mid-palate, and a mouth-watering, clean finish.
Delicious with crème brulee or sticky toffee pudding.
Semillon 80%, Sauvignon Blanc 20%
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- 6 Bottles
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