With 2013 Dolce fermentations coming to a conclusion, we are now preparing to determine the master blend.
Eleven unique batches of juice were created over the course of harvest, and all but three finished primary fermentation by mid-February. The remaining lots are transitioning into the aging phase – which is both welcome and reassuring. Each lot will have its own sensory attributes and balance of alcohol, acidity and sweetness. Right now, the 2013 vintage is a pale, straw-like color with aromas driven by pineapple notes, like a pina colada. Color and flavor will develop in the coming months.
For the next two years, we will sample all the barrels and prepare myriad blend variants in the lab. Although each batch tastes great now and is “on track,” it is not a foregone conclusion that all will make it to the final blend.
We incorporate a full bottle of Dolce Napa Valley into the recipe for this bountiful Pear Vineyard Cake, which absolutely makes it our new favorite holiday indulgence. And the fact that we put our late harvest wine in the cake doesn’t stop us from enjoying a glass of Dolce right alongside it!LEARN MORE