TASTING NOTES: Sweet and fruity, Dolce Vita is made from the Vidal Blanc grape harvested in late November after the leaves have fallen and the fruit has acquired a raisiny taste. Dolce Vita has hints of raisin, pear, and citrus. Serve chilled at 45 degrees.
THE GRAPE: Vidal Blanc is one of the grape vines that adapts the best to the Atlantic region all the way up to Canada. Very characteristic is the grape skins that are really thick and tough which allows the grape to stay on the vine way past normal harvest time. That's why Vidal is often used in late harvest wines or in ice wines in Canada. Vidal blanc is a white hybrid grape variety produced from the Vitis vinifera variety Ugni blanc (also known as Trebbiano Toscano) and another hybrid variety, Rayon d'Or (Seibel 4986)*
*Albert Seibel was a French viticulturist who created many hybrid varieties in an effort to contain the disaster of the phylloxera infection in European grape varietals.
VINTNER'S NOTE: Our Dolce Vita Late Harvest is made with our Vidal Blanc grape, ideal for late harvest and ice wines due to Vidal's naturally thick and resistant skin. It has a distinct raisiny taste and amber color typical of most late harvest wines.
BLEND:80% Vidal Blanc 20% Traminette
VINEYARD SIZE: 0.5 acres
YEARLY PRODUCTION: 75-100 cases