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August 2015 - US Dessert, Fortified, Late Harvest, Fruit Wines & Iced Ciders

August 2015 - US Dessert, Fortified, Late Harvest, Fruit Wines & Iced Ciders
This month's Wine feature is US Dessert, Fortified, Late Harvest, Fruit Wines & Iced Ciders Wines

US Dessert, Fortified, Late Harvest, Fruit Wines & Iced Ciders Reviews

Westport NV "Boomrunner" Pomegranate Wine Washington
96 points
$27
Garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of cranberry compote and spiced caramel apple with a velvety, vibrant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and an effortless, nuanced, medium-long pomegranate-lemon sorbet, nutskin, and earth finish with no oak. A fantastically rich and elegant sparkling fruit wine.
Samson Estates NV Framboise Raspberry Dessert Wine Puget Sound
94 points
$13
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of raspberry and earth with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, intricate, long finish. A remarkable pure and delicious fruit wine with great raspberry flavor.
94 points $13 Best Buy
Samson Estates NV Cassis Black Currant Dessert Wine Puget Sound
94 points
$13
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of chocolate wafer, peanut butter candy, and cassis jam with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, distinctive, long menthol, spice, and toast finish. A rich brooding, fruit dessert wine for desserts or as a cocktail ingredient.
94 points $13 Best Buy
Westport NV "Maritime" Fruit Wine Washington
93 points
$25
Reddish orange color. Exotic, fruity floral aromas of pomegranate sorbet and honeysuckle and lavender with a satiny, lively, off-dry medium body and a sleek, engaging, medium-length clover honey, dried blueberry, and earth finish with silky, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious and pure sparkling dessert fruit wine.
Johnson Estate 2013 Estate Grown Ice Wine Vidal Blanc
93 points
$34.99
Bright brilliant medium light gold color. Lively, fruity, waxy vinous aromas of spiced honey crisp apples, paraffin, lemon meringue pie -custard, and titch of white pepper with a supple, vibrant, sweet medium-full body and a sleek, long finish with fruit tannins.
93 points $34.99
Casa Larga 2013 Fiori 8 Dessert Wine Finger Lakes
93 points
$59.99
Bright medium gold color. Lively, fruity, waxy aromas of roasted pineapple, roasted yellow apples, dried straw - botrytis, and caramel with a supple, tangy, very sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful, long finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
93 points $59.99
Westport NV "True Blue" Blueberry Dessert Wine Washington
92 points
$30
Black ruby color. Lively, attractive, fruity aromas of blueberry jam on honeyed toast and peach cobbler with a satiny, tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, long honeyed apple and pineapple and pink pepper finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A delicious, well balanced, and piquant fruit wine that will be sensational as a sipper or with cheeses.
Whispering Oaks Winery 2015 "Blushing Blueberry" Blueberry Wine Florida
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of blueberry cobbler, rich baking spices, chocolate, and pressed flowers with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long citrus, melon, green apple, and potpourri finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins. A well balanced, nicely dry, table friendly fruit wine.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Westport NV "Red Sky at Night" Raspberry Chocolate Wine
89 points
$30
Ruby black color. Lively, fruity aromas of chocolate and raspberry compote with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, relaxed finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice tangy berry wine that will play nicely at the table.
Château Morrisette NV Apple & Blackberry Wine Virginia
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity aromas of ripe raspberry, red flowers, and hints of the barnyard with a lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, intricate, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Château Morrisette NV Apple Wine Virginia
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Bright pale straw green color. Delicate, fruity aromas of baked pear, pear charlotte, crystalized sugar, and white kayo syrup with a bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, elegant, carefree finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Whispering Oaks Winery 2015 "Sensationally Sweet" Blueberry Wine Florida
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of berry compote and waxy honeycomb with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, cheery spice and sour cherry finish with no tannins and no oak. A tasty and appetizing fruit wine.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Johnson Estate NV Port Chancellor
88 points
$18.99
Opaque black violet color. Bright aromas of herbs de Provence, black grape jam, and dried lemon and lavender with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, relaxed blueberry muffin, roasted apple, nougat, and pepper finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A fun, flavorful after dinner choice, or try in cocktails.
88 points $18.99
Johnson Estate 2013 Estate Grown Ice Wine Chambourcin
88 points
$34.99
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Fruity aromas of spiced persimmons, red plum, dead wood, and cranberry with a satiny, tangy, sweet medium body and a peppery, nuanced, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
88 points $34.99
Whispering Oaks Winery 2015 "Wildly Mild" Blueberry Wine
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of blueberry-apple tart with a supple, tangy, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy nuts and chalk finish with no oak. A solid nicely balanced fruit wine.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Pend d’Oreille 2007 Oui Dessert Wine Syrah
87 points
$25
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Aromas of sweet black plums, caramel, tree bark, and raisinettes with a chewy, crisp, sweet full body and a warming, complex, easy finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
Westport NV "Shelter from the Storm" Berry Wine
86 points
$30
Dark garnet black color. Delicate, fruity aromas of chocolate drizzled berries with a silky, tart, fruity medium body and a tingling, buoyant finish with dusty tannins. A nice tangy berry dessert wine.
Johnson Estate NV Cream Sherry Lake Erie
85 points
$18.99
Brilliant golden yellow color. Bright, earthy, fruity aromas of white mulberries, raw honey, and lemon pepper muffin with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, carefree butter sautéed almonds, fleur de sel, and edible flowers finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting fino sherry-like wine.
85 points $18.99
Terra d’Oro NV Port Zinfandel
85 points
$24
Garnet black color. Delicate, spicy aromas of licorice and choke cherry jam on rye toast with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, breezy pepper and nutshell finish with crunchy, fruit tannins. A nice gutsy fortified wine for after dinner or cocktails.
Easley NV "Jubilee" Blueberry Wine Indiana
84 points
$8.99
Bright medium ruby garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas of blueberries and citric acid with a chewy, puckering, fruity medium body and a warming, brief finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
84 points $8.99
Whispering Oaks Winery 2015 "Delightfully Dry" Blueberry Wine Florida
84 points
$14.99
Ruby color. Aromas of blueberry pie crust and spices with a supple, tart, dryish light-to-medium body and a fast nutshell, berry skin, and beets finish. A very dry fruit wine for the table.
84 points $14.99
Elk Run 2014 Vin de Jus Glacé Riesling
84 points
$27.52
Gold color. Aromas of yogurt, honeyed yam, and peaches with a round, soft, fruity sweet thin body and a smooth, brisk chalk finish with dusty tannins. A rustic dessert wine.
84 points $27.52
Easley NV "Jubilee" Cranberry Wine Indiana
83 points
$8.99
Bright light siam color. Bright, fruity aromas of raspberry and dried twigs with a chewy, tart, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, swift finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
83 points $8.99
Ariadne 2012 Red Dessert Wine Virginia
83 points
$40
Garnet black color. Aromas of baked cherries and mulberries, melted chocolate, delicate spice, and gum with a satiny, off-dry medium body and a warming, relaxed raisins and grape skins, roasted chestnuts, coconut, and glued wood finish with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A pleasant dessert companion.
Westport NV "Rapture of the Deep" Cranberry Wine Washington
81 points
$27
Dark ruby color. Odd aromas of wax and cranberry stem with a supple, puckering, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, short cranberry skin and balsa finish with cottony, coating tannins and no oak. A lean and austerely dry cranberry wine.
Johnson Estate NV Maple Ice Wine Vidal Blanc
81 points
$85
Bright medium golden amber color. Bright, fruity, funky medicinal aromas of apricot pits, dried white flowers, and dried twigs with a chewy, tart, sweet medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, fleeting finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Comes off as very artificial.
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