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
211193
Westport
NV "Boomrunner" Pomegranate Wine Washington
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211413
Samson Estates
NV Framboise Raspberry Dessert Wine Puget Sound
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211414
Samson Estates
NV Cassis Black Currant Dessert Wine Puget Sound
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211195
Westport
NV "Maritime" Fruit Wine Washington
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211168
Johnson Estate
2013 Estate Grown Ice Wine Vidal Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211107
Casa Larga
2013 Fiori 8 Dessert Wine Finger Lakes
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211198
Westport
NV "True Blue" Blueberry Dessert Wine Washington
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211812
Whispering Oaks Winery
2015 "Blushing Blueberry" Blueberry Wine Florida
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211197
Westport
NV "Red Sky at Night" Raspberry Chocolate Wine
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211407
Chateau Morrisette
NV Apple & Blackberry Wine Virginia
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211408
Chateau Morrisette
NV Apple Wine Virginia
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211811
Whispering Oaks Winery
2015 "Sensationally Sweet" Blueberry Wine Florida
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211171
Johnson Estate
NV Port Chancellor
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211167
Johnson Estate
2013 Estate Grown Ice Wine Chambourcin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211810
Whispering Oaks Winery
2015 "Wildly Mild" Blueberry Wine
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211251
Pend d’Oreille
2007 Oui Dessert Wine Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211199
Westport
NV "Shelter from the Storm" Berry Wine
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211170
Johnson Estate
NV Cream Sherry Lake Erie
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211238
Terra d’Oro
NV Port Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211365
Easley
NV "Jubilee" Blueberry Wine Indiana
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211809
Whispering Oaks Winery
2015 "Delightfully Dry" Blueberry Wine Florida
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211400
Elk Run
2014 Vin de Jus Glacé Riesling
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211366
Easley
NV "Jubilee" Cranberry Wine Indiana
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211370
Ariadne
2012 Red Dessert Wine Virginia
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211194
Westport
NV "Rapture of the Deep" Cranberry Wine Washington
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211172
Johnson Estate
NV Maple Ice Wine Vidal Blanc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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