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2016 Dolce Mio Figlio - 500ml
Syrah Dessert Wine
Port, perhaps the greatest liquid dessert in the world, is what’s known as a vin doux naturel: a “naturally sweet wine”. The nuts and bolts is a centuries-old process whereby, after a short and vigorous maceration, fermenting wine is supplemented with neutral grape spirits. This raises the alcohol content, killing the yeast and preserving the remaining natural sugar. The result is a viscous, rich and sensuous wine. It’s equal parts serious and decadent.
The Syrah from our blocks at Boushey Vineyard is reliably extraordinary; darkly colored with plush texture and filled with spicy black fruit character. Since 2012, in appropriate vintages, it’s provided the perfect material for our own play on a Port-styled wine: Dolce Mio Figlio (“My Sweet Son”). 2016 was just such a vintage with the Syrah at Boushey enjoying a long hang-time and late harvest date, yielding deeply colored berries bursting with character. After fermentation and fortification, we had enough wine for one 300L barrel, which we’ve been patiently aging for over two years. The wait is finally over and we’re delighted to release the 2016 Dolce Mio Figlio.
The character of the Dolce Mio Figlio is as singular and unique as the process itself. Two full years of barrel-aging have yielded a richly-colored wine with a deep ruby hue. The aromatics offer a promise of the power in glass: cassis, maraschino liqueur, dark chocolate and orange peel compete with a delightful blend of violets and roses. The dense fruit flavors continue on the full-bodied palate, adding black raspberries and cranberry preserves. The freshness of the vintage shows on the mouthwatering finish, supporting wine’s ample power and ripeness. 2016 Dolce Mio Figlio offers plenty of reason for near-term drinking, but will certainly reward time in the cellar.