August 2012 - US - All Late Harvest, Dessert, Fruit & Fortified Wines

This month's Wine feature is US - All Late Harvest, Dessert, Fruit & Fortified Wines
US - All Late Harvest, Dessert, Fruit & Fortified Wines Reviews
198854
Lynfred
NV Apple Wine Michigan
Pale golden yellow color. Rich spicy baked apple aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a layered apple strudel, white nut, and citrus zest accented finish. Delicious and pure and effortlessly drinkable.
95 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198918
Tomasello
NV Red Raspberry Wine American
Deep ruby black color. Rich raspberry coulis aromas and flavors with a tangy, fruity sweet medium-full body and a pure crushed raspberry, herbal honey, tomato, and grassy earth finish. Excellent vibrancy and purity.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198893
Chateau St. Croix
NV Grand Reserve Ruby Port American
Aromas of nut praline, leather, orange chocolate sponge rum cake, and delicate spices with a a satiny medium-full body and a tangy, warming chocolate raisin, tobacco and dried apricot accented finish. A great post prandial.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199000
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
2010 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
Pale copper color. Apricot, golden raisin aromas and flavors with satiny fruity sweet full body and a tangy orange marmalade and spice. Very nice; pair with cream cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198817
Chaucer’s
NV Blackberry Wine California
Deep ruby black color. Rich blackberry compote aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a peppered nut, lightly medicinal herb, and sundried tomato jelly accented finish. Nice complexity and savory mouthwatering acidity.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198894
Chateau St. Croix
NV "Jaune d ÓR" Golden Port American
Pretty brassy amber color. Aromas of vanilla cream, marzipan, and spiced mango with a silky, fruity sweet medium-full body and a seamless, tropical citrus custard and pepper jelly accented finish. A deliciously different after-dinner offering.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198920
Tomasello
NV Blueberry Wine New Jersey
Light ruby color. Delicate medicinal herb and bark, cola, sassafras, and blueberry bush aromas with a supple fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tangy, spicy blueberry pie, Meyer lemon, and grassy earth accented finish. Tasty.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198933
Herzog
2011 Late Harvest Orange Muscat
Aromas of lychee sorbet and mandarin orange with a crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy golden raisin, cherry, and honey accented finish. A delicious sweet summer sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198719
Glen Ellen
2011 Proprietor's Reserve Moscato
Floral peach and honey aromas with a soft, fruity sweet medium body with a pleasant apple sauce accented finish. A tasty sweet sipper.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198917
Tomasello
NV Blackberry Wine American
Intricate aromas of honeysuckle-jasmine soap, blackberry tart and pepper bread with a supple, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tangy, honeyed berry syrup, spiced apple, sage, bay leaf, and smoky mineral finish. Interesting and complex.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198705
VINESMOOTHIE
NV Peach
Bright creamy orange color. Fresh peach gelato aromas and flavors with a creamy, thick fruity medium-to-full body and a pure honeyed peach and delicately floral finish. Nice.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198707
VINESMOOTHIE
NV Pineapple & Coconut
Creamy ivory color. Aromas and flavors of pina colada with a creamy thick medium body and a cream and peppery spice accented finish.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198818
Chaucer’s
NV Apricot Wine California
Bright golden yellow color. Pure dried apricot aroma with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a drying medium length finish.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198706
VINESMOOTHIE
NV Strawberry
Opaque creamy pink color. Bright strawberry milk aromas and flavors with a creamy thick fruity medium body and a watermelon candy, cream, and a warming pepper accent on the finish. Pleasant.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198923
Wollersheim
2010 Port American
Garnet black color. Aromas of floral honeycomb, sassafras, chocolate almond cookie, and pomegranate molasses with a supple, sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery root beer and honeyed currant finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198919
Tomasello
NV Cranberry Wine New Jersey
Bright ruby color. Cranberry sauce, waxy candy, and aloe aromas with a tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tart, pure cranberry and sour cherry juice and tobacco leaf finish with stemmy bitterness, puckering acidity and tannins. Good purity, but very austere.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198704
VINESMOOTHIE
NV Berry
Creamy purple color. Bright aromas and flavors of raspberry pie and vanilla ice cream with a creamy, thick fruity medium-to-full body and a gentle, lightly spicy and chalky finish.
83 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198934
Baron Herzog
2011 "Jeunesse" Pink Moscato California
Silvery pink color. Sweet fruit cocktail, cotton candy and faint glue aromas and flavors with a sugary sweet light body and a brisk, pithy finish. Try with some club soda.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198921
Tomasello
2009 Vintage Port New Jersey
Ruby charcoal gray color. Aromas of melted wax, black pepper, singed herbs, five spice, and dried currants with a silky, fruity medium body and a smoky cedar and chocolate craisin finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198924
Wollersheim
2010 White Port American
golden yellow color. Complex aromas of pine needle, thyme honey, spicy poached peaches, and golden raisin chutney with a tangy sweet medium-to-full body and a herbal lemon vebena and peppercorn accented finish. Interesting.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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