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. This wine’s 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.
Dolce’s 20-acre vineyard is 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 mold develops, its coverage is seemingly random with individual
berries succumbing to Botrytis at different rates, if at all.