August 2013 - US - All Late Harvest, Dessert, Fruit, Iced Ciders and Fortified Wines

This month's Wine feature is US - All Late Harvest, Dessert, Fruit, Iced Ciders and Fortified Wines
US - All Late Harvest, Dessert, Fruit, Iced Ciders and Fortified Wines Reviews
202927
Salt of the Earth
2012 Moscato Rubino
Garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of nut brittle, leather, and sour cherry sauce with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, berry, earth and spiced apple nuanced finish. Fantastically flavorful, balanced, and complex.
95 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202823
Frost Bitten
2012 Ice Riesling
Golden yellow color. Aromas of peach yogurt, poached peach, and nougat with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, golden raisin, apple sauce, and grassy earth finish. A delicious, well balanced dessert wine for all occasions.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202924
Quady
2012 "Electra" Moscato
Aromas of nut brittle, apricots, honey and dried flowers with a tangy, spritzy, fruity sweet medium body and a zesty candied orange and peach sorbet finish. Deliciously sweet and fruity; pair with triple cream cheeses.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202925
Quady
2012 "Red Electra" Muscat
Aromas of pomegranate jam, nuts, lilacs, and leather with a slightly spritzy fruity and sweet medium-to-full body and a tangy, cherry and raspberry sorbet finish. Very intense, pure and refreshing.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202923
Quady
2012 "Essensia" Orange Muscat
Golden color with an amber cast. Bold fruity aromas of dried apricots, honey, spice, and golden raisins with a silky, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, orange sorbet accented finish. Deliciously rich and balanced.
93 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202896
Casa Larga
2010 "Fiori" Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
Golden orange color. Rich aromas and flavors of baked peach, golden raisin cake, and honey cream with a satiny, sweet medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering finish. A lush, deeply flavorful dessert wine.
93 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202869
Bordeleau
NV Blanc de Blancs Maryland
Pale silver straw color with a rim of mousse. Aromas of toast peach tart, kiwi, orange custard and nougat with tangy, effervescent medium body and a long, citrus and mineral driven finish. Very elegant and balanced flavors.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201770
Soleil
Mango Mimosa
Bright egg yolk yellow color. Bold sliced mango aromas and flavors with a rich, fruity sweet medium-full body and a hint of honey, coconut and violet candy on the finish. Delicious and pure. This is sure to be a hit at parties.
91 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201789
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Moscato Spumante Sparkling Champagne California
Golden silver color. Bright floral aromas of dried apricot, honeysuckle, and suede with a crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a long, zesty sweet orange, apple and lemon sorbet finish. A delicious fruity sweet sparkler.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201768
Soleil
NV Pomegranate Mimosa American
Brilliant ruby color. Aromas of pomegranate sorbet, cherry granita, and watermelon soda with supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, spicy berry finish. Very tasty and mouthwatering.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202322
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NV Bubbly Pinot Grigio
Straw green color. Fruity floral aroma of honeysuckle and peaches with a frothy fruity sweet medium body and a tangy honeyed green apple and mandarin orange finish. A tasty off-dry sparkler that is sure to please.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201792
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Pink Moscato Sparkling Champagne California
Silvery pink color. Fruity and floral aromas of peaches, peony, and golden raisins with a frothy, sweet medium body and a tangy cherry and lemon sorbets and spice accented finish. A vibrant sweet sparkler that will be great own it’s own or with spicy foods.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202857
Anaba
NV Red Aero Port Sonoma Valley
Opaque garnet violet color. Dense aromas of pomegranate, cranberry, herbs, menthol tobacco, and mint chocolate with a supple, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a lingering medicinal bark and pepper accented finish with firm tannins. A robust port that could use a little cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203080
PDX
2012 Late Harvest Traminette
Pale golden straw color. Earthy aromas of spicy poached pear, honey, and grassy herbs with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, lemon curd, nectarine skin, dried carnation, and mineral finish.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201790
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Extra Dry Sparkling Champagne California
Pale straw yellow color. Aromas of banana pudding and citrus with a crisp, fruity medium body and a long, tangy, clementine and pineapple accented finish. Very tasty and balanced. A nice patio wine.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202843
Baldwin
NV Strawberry Wine
Pretty reddish copper amber color. Bright, pure aromas of strawberry preserves on muffin with a supple, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long honeycomb, baked strawberry and mineral finish with a hint of tar. Nice complexity and purity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202845
Baldwin
NV "Trilogy"
Bright crimson color. Earthy aromas of raspberry preserves, dried tomato, and melted honeycomb with a supple, fruity sweet medium-t-full body and tangy, jammy, mineral kissed finish. Very nice purity. Try in cocktails, mixed with other wines, or with lighter cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202815
Chatom
2006 Vino Dolce Sierra Foothills
Deep ruby color. Aromas of buttery caramel toffee and chocolate cherry with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and dusty almond, leather, peppercorn, and pencil shaving accented finish with powdery tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202862
Paradise Ridge
2011 Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine Russian River Valley
Pale golden silver color. Interesting aromas and flavors of lemon yogurt, chevre, peach soufflé, and scone with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy papaya, lime and creme fraiche finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201809
Barefoot
NV "Refresh", Sweet White California
Pale silvery straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of dried flowers, apple, and peach sorbet with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and an apple sauce and lime curd finish. A tasty sweet sipper.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202320
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NV Bubbly Chardonnay
Straw yellow color. Toasty pineapple cake and coconut aromas with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a baked apple and citrus accented finish. Try with mushroom tart.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201791
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Brut Cuvée Sparkling Champagne California
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of nectarine and lime powder with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy, tart kiwi, green apple, and orange finish.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201788
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Red Moscato Sparkling Champagne California
Bright crimson color. Aromas and flavors strawberry cream pie and cranberry sauce with a supple, frothy fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, apricot and blood orange accented finish. Tasty.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201769
Soleil
Pineapple Mimosa
Cloudy yellow silver color with floating chunks of fruit. Aromas and flavors of crushed pineapple with a frothy, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy orange rind, apple and mineral accented finish. Tasty, serve with a good chill.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202926
Quady
2012 "Elysium" Black Muscat
Garnet purple. Aromas of herbs, oranges, cranberry and leather with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, choke cherry jam and nut finish.
87 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202858
Anaba
2010 Landa Vineyards Late Harvest Vioniger
Brilliant golden color. Earth aromas of sultanas, spice, leather, and nuts with a soft, fruity medium body and a delicate, apple and pear finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201801
Barefoot
NV Riesling
Pale straw silver color. Aromas of lemon and apple sauce with a silky, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy peach sorbet accented finish.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202321
flipflop
NV Bubbly Moscato
Pale golden color with light bubbles. Aromas of toasty sourdough bread crust and meringue with a sweet supple medium body and a peach custard pie and lime sorbet finish.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202870
Bordeleau
NV Port-Style Wine Maryland
Deep ruby color. Layered aromas of smoky tobacco, honeyed nuts, clay, dried berries, and peppery spice with a supple fruity sweet medium body and leafy, bark accented finish with dusty tannins. An interesting earthy, austere domestic port.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201806
Barefoot
NV Pink Moscato California
Pretty silvery pink color. Mild watermelon and white strawberry aromas with a soft, fruity light body and a tangy raisin and orange sherbet accented finish. A delicate, off-dry sipper.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201810
Barefoot
NV "Refresh", Summer Red California
Ruby color. Mild aromas of mulberries and honeycomb with a spritzy, fruity light body and a blackberry soda and grape powder candy accented finish.
84 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201787
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Pinot Grigio Sparkling Champagne California
Pale silvery straw color. Mild aromas of bubble gum, celery soda and peach taffy with a effervescent, fruity medium body and lemon sorbet and fruit salad finish.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203105
Valiant
NV "Tickle Me!" Rhubarb Wine South Dakota
Brassy silver color. Interesting aromas of grilled peppers, citrus and celery, matchstick, herbed salt with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and notes of fig, rhubarb, grape and pepper on the smoky, earthy finish. Different and rather vegetal; pair with funky cheeses or in artisan cocktails.
84 points $20.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201804
Barefoot
NV Red Moscato California
Deep garnet purple color. Aromas of spicy poached apples and strawberries with a soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy, orange and melon rind accented finish.
83 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201805
Barefoot
NV Sweet Red California
Deep garnet color. Aromas of cherry pie and watermelon with a soft, fruity sweet medium body and a quick, tangy strawberry, cranberry and nut finish.
83 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201838
Turning Leaf
2011 "Refresh", Red Moscato California
Scarlet color. Waxy cherry and spiced apple aromas and flavors with a spritzy fruity light body and a tangy melon, lemon and chalk accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203101
Voluptuous
NV Moscato
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of salt water taffy, kiwi, and dried lemon with a soft, sweet light body and a breezy honeydew, orange ice, and grassy earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202864
Bordeleau
2008 Late Harvest Vidal Blanc
Golden yellow color. Aromas of spiced yellow plums, apple sauce, and geraniums with a satiny fruity sweet medium body and a earthy, leafy, honey, raisin, and birch bark accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202844
Baldwin
NV Raspberry Wine
Deep garnet color. Aromas of raspberry compote, dried lime, thyme, and lavender suggest detergent with a glycerous sweet medium body and a honey raspberry syrup, twigs, and herbal Spic-N-Span like finish. Herbal and citrus notes hold this back.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202678
Spicy Vines
NV Original Spiced Wine California
Ruby color. Aromas of cinnamon, clove, peppercorns, and cranberry sauce with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk, cottony tannin finish. A very dry, "sangria-without-the-fruit" spiced wine.
83 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201832
Turning Leaf
2011 Sweet Riesling
Aromas of sliced apples and pears, nut brittle, and straw with a soft, fruity sweet light body and a tangy peach yogurt finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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