January 2013 - 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
200747
Balletto Vineyards
2009 Estate, "Vin de Paille" Pinot Gris
Bright pure gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of honeyed golden raisins, pineapple creme brulee and apricot cake with a rich, satiny sweet and fruit medium-full body and a long, spicy apple pie and mineral accented finish. A delicious and pure dessert wine comparable to the finest Alsatian SGN.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200705
Chocovine
NV Whipped Cream Chocolate Wine
Milk light brown color. Attractive aromas of soft caramel candies, nut brittle, and rice krispy treats with a satiny smooth moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a delicate spiced nut, fresh creamy meringue, and chocolate cherry accented finish. Delicious, pure, and balanced chocolate and cream flavors.
93 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200641
Pollak Vineyards
2009 Estate, "Mille Fleurs" Monticello
Deep golden amber color. Aromas of buttery nut brittle, herbs, dried citrus and peaches, and suede with a very silky, fruity sweet medium body and coconut cream, honey, ginger, marzipan, and Asian spice accented finish. A subtly complex and somewhat vermouth-like dessert wine that will be fun after dinner or in crafty cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200665
Johnson Estate
2011 Estate Grown, Sparkling Ice Wine Lake Erie
Pretty golden amber color. Aromas of nougat and golden raisin compote with a tingling, effervescent sweet medium-to-full body and a tangy peach sorbet and soda, apple pie and peppery spice finish. A rather unique and very fun dessert wine.
89 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200611
Robert Hall Winery
2008 Vintage Port Paso Robles
Deep garnet violet color. Inviting aromas of violet candy, pistachio cream, and dark berry sorbet with a supple, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a raisin, nut brittle, peppery spice and chalk accented finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200757
Two Rivers
2008 Chateau Deux Fleuves Vineyards, Port Colorado
Deep garnet brown black. Aromas and flavors of dried currant, vanilla yogurt, and sweet yam with a chewy moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a nut shell, earth, and coating tannin finish.
84 points $13.40
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200610
Robert Hall Winery
2011 Margaret's Vineyard Orange Muscat
Silvery straw green color. Aromas of lemon yogurt and taffy with a soft, moderately sweet light body and a breezy lime sherbet and apple butter accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200664
Johnson Estate
2011 Estate Grown Ice Wine of Chambourcin
Tawny red color. Aromas of ironed linen, lemon-herb soap, chestnut honey, and raisin cake with a glycerous, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tangy, earthy, nougat accented finish.
83 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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