2002 Far Niente "Dolce" Napa Valley Dessert Wine (375ml)

SKU #1020148 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Over many years Dolce has established itself as one of the top dessert wines in California, and the ’02 doesn’t disappoint. Enormously rich in apricot, tangerine and roasted coconut flavors, with plenty of botrytis notes, the wine was aged in 100% new French oak, and oozes in sweet vanilla char and crème brûlée. *Editors' Choice* Inner quote mark (12/2006)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Ripe, rich and extracted, with sugary honey, apricot, crème brûlée and cedary vanilla-laced oak. A bit disjointed, but has the richness, concentration and focus to reward cellaring. (JL, Web-2006) Inner quote mark

90 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Honeyed and rich, this wine's fragrance gains complexity from botrytis. It feels firm, with a citrus acidity that balances the dense flavors of fresh apples and pears. It continues to develop in the glass, suggesting a few years in the cellar will add more dimension to the wine. Inner quote mark (12/2006)

K&L Notes

First created by the folks at Far Niente in 1985, the Dolce label has become a standard-bearer for California dessert wine. Made with late harvest Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon in very small quantities, the Dolce is decadent and sultry, with plenty of sugar and acidity to allow to age in a good cellar for decades. The 2002 Dolce is youthful in its forward presentation of fruit aromas and flavors. Melon and citrus notes suggest cantaloupe and orange rind. The honeysuckle botrytis character is particularly strong in the mouth, as is Dolce's signature silky texture and long, mouthwatering finish. More subtle flavors of toasted almonds, fig, and dried apricots integrate nicely with notes of brioche and bread pudding.

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