Dolce is a rare California producer that focuses only on late harvest wine. Their philosophy is to pursue the highest quality possible and never cut any corners. Winemaker Greg Allen has an impressive educational background and has Master’s Degrees from both MIT (Mechanical Engineering) and UC Davis (Viticulture and Enology).
The first vintage of Dolce was made in 1985, but it was not released commercially until 1991 (1989 vintage). Because botrytis cinerea forms inconsistently from year to year, production has varied from a few hundred to a few thousand cases.
Dolce is made with grapes grown on a 27 acre vineyard in the Coombsville region east of the town of Napa. The Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc vines are planted in well-drained volcanic soils near the Vaca Hills. Picking grapes infected with botrytis cinerea is very labor-intensive, as several passes are required to pick each berry at the optimum time. Dolce’s most recent release is the 2003 vintage.