v.2019 Late Harvest, Dolcezza

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v.2019 Late Harvest, Dolcezza
v.2019 Late Harvest, Dolcezza
Tasting notes

Light green-gold. Aromas of poached peach, wet stone and honeycomb, with floral citrus blossom notes. On the palate peaches, marzipan and honey. Smooth palate feel, sweet but balanced by acidity. 

Production notes

The ocean-influenced Edna Valley is ideal for cool-climate grape varieties. Fog is common overnight and into the mornings, but with it comes constant spectre of fungal pressure. Among these, Botrytis cineria is the ‘Noble Rot’ known for its role in producing the great sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac-when conditions are just right, it can pierce the skin of the grape, drawing out moisture, to concentrate and amplify flavors and transform the crop into the basis for sublime, long-lived wines.

In the Edna Valley, too often Botrytis comes along with other less desired species that render the crop useless and force us to drop the affected clusters into the vineyard floor. But in 2019, a mild outbreak in our white wine varieties came along with the warm dry afternoons needed to bring desired positive effect. We acted quickly, and moved crews through the vines in several passes, harvesting clusters and parts of the clusters in which the grapes had transformed into soft, honeyed raisins. Careful hand-sorting, a long gentle pressing to extract the sugary juice, and long slow fermentation in French oak and Acacia barrels served to birth this ‘Little Sweet One’ or DOLCEZZA.

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VarietalChenin Blanc and Chardonnay
Varietal Composition63% Chenin Blanc, 37% Chardonnay
AppellationEdna Valley
VineyardCenter of Effort
DesignationEstate Grown
Harvest Date10/16/2019
Acid7.8 g/l
Aging19 months sue-lees barrel aging
FermentationBarrel fermentation in 70% French oak and 30% Acacia barrels.
Residual Sugar8.9%
Volume500 ml
Cases Produced223
Artificially CarbonatedNo

93 points - Wine Enthusiast - It's rare that such depth occurs in white dessert wines from the Central Coast, but this late-harvest blend of 63% Chenin Blanc and 37% Chardonnay is quite compelling. A golden hue in the glass, the wine's nose shows honey, toasted almond and crystallized ginger. The viscous palate offers chamomile, preserved lemon, and spun honey flavors. 

93 points - Jeb Dunnuck - This light gold-hued 2019 Dolcezza Late Harvest Wine offers lots of melon, ripe pineapple, honey and flower notes, followed by a medium-bodied, fresh and elegant dessert wine that nicely balanced, clean and pure with bright acidity. It's a beautiful wine. 

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