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January 2016 - US Dessert, Fortified, Late Harvest, Fruit Wines & Iced Ciders

January 2016 - 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

Quady 2014 Essensia Orange Muscat
92 points
$24.99
Bright golden amber color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of dried apricot, golden raisin, lemon-orange sorbet, and suede with a lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, relaxed finish revealing nuances of spiced oranges, sautéed almonds, and white maple fudge with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delicious, zesty and flavor packed dessert wine.
92 points $24.99
Heron Hill Winery 2013 Late Harvest Vidal Blanc
91 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Bright, yeasty, fruity aromas of buttered raisin soda bread, dried pear and apricot, mushroom consommé, and sherry soaked nuts with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, breezy grape skin, lemon spritzed peaches, nutskin, and pickling spices finish with fine, dusty tannins. A rather unique and more savory dessert wine offering that will be great with cheeses.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Stonehedge 2009 Late Harvest Chardonnay Mendocino County
90 points
$20
Dark amber color. Lively, fresh aromas and flavors of golden raisin compote, peach cobbler, and cajeta with a soft, crisp, sweet medium-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-length finish revealing notes of creme brulee, white toffee, and mocha with fine tannins and no oak flavor. A fruity, supple and attractive dessert wine.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Red Moscato
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Neon ruby color. Bright, confected aromas and flavors of blackberry and peach sodas and cherry-strawberry sorbet with an even, tangy, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, quick finish conveying notes of spice and herbs and honeyed oranges with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A very nice, sweet and spicy bubbly wine.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Pedroncelli 2010 "Four Grapes" Vintage Port Dry Creek Valley
89 points
$20
Opaque black ruby color. Bright, waxy aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, crayon, and fruit leather with a creamy, lively, sweet medium-full body and a warming, appealing, swift finish with accents of chocolate cherries, blackberry jam on scone, chestnuts, and floral honey with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, delicious and well balanced port style wine.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pink Moscato
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Medium pink coral color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced apples and pears and watermelon sorbet with an even, lively, fizzy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, crisp finish evoking elements of lemon-melon phosphate and strawberry gastrique with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A fun, super fruity sparkler.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Heitz NV "Ink Grade" Port Napa Valley
88 points
$30
Opaque dark bright indigo color. Lively, rubbery aromas and flavors of brandied berries, rubber eraser, clay, and pepper with a creamy, lively, moderately sweet medium-full body and a hot, amusing, medium-length finish with accents of candied black raspberries, orange marmalade, and peppery spices with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A big, brawny fortified wine.
R. Stuart NV Klipsun Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$35
Dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas of raisins and craisins, brown sugar, chestnut honey on figs, and peppercorns with a lightly tannic, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-to-long nutskins, brandied dried cherries, tobacco, and bark finish with firm, barky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A firm, oaky port.
R. Stuart 2007 "Colheita" Tawny Dessert Wine Red Mountain
88 points
$50
Minutely hazy dark brown brick color. Lively, curious, boozy aromas of shellacked wood, raisin chutney, pepper, and bourbon barrel with a tannic, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long chocolate and vanilla custard, sautéed nuts, honeyed dried berries, and rancio and flor finish with heavy oak flavor. An interesting mature tawny port with a lot of wood influence.
Barefoot Bubbly NV "Citrus Fusion" California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright medium emerald straw color. Bright, tropical aromas and flavors of fruit punch soda, dried apricot, and suede with an even, lively, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A tasty, fruity sweet sparkler.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Mardik NV Semi-Sweet Pomegranate Wine Armenia
86 points
$14.95
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Spicy, herbal aromas of pomegranate molasses, fresh herbs, incense, and peppercorns with a supple, off-dry medium body and a graceful, refreshing, breezy chocolate, sour cherries, honeyed lemon herb tea, and nutskin finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, tart pomegranate wine.
86 points $14.95 Best Buy
Byington 2013 "Euphoria II" Pinot Noir
86 points
$26
Brick red color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of cranberry-black raspberry sauce, cherry cola, honeyed raisin rye toast, and pink peppercorn with a glycerous, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a peppery, amusing, medium-long finish with accents of milk chocolate nuts, brandied raisins, pepper, and almond with fine, soft tannins. A sweet and peppery late harvest.
Handley 2014 Late Harvest Riesling Riesling
86 points
$29
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of ironed linen, apricot jam, golden raisin, and honey yogurt and wax with a satiny, tangy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium spiced apple, tangerine, citrus pith, and gravel finish with no oak flavor. A solid, easy drinking dessert wine.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Spumante Moscato
85 points
$9.99
Bright straw green color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of orange blossom honey and peach soda with an even, tangy, fizzy, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish revealing notes of spiced green apples, clementine, and chalk with fruit tannins and no oak flavor.
85 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV "Tropical Fusion" California
85 points
$9.99
Bright light emerald straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of peach and clementine sauces and dulce de leche ice cream with an even, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, carefree finish that shows accents of orange sherbet with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice sweet sparkler.
85 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV "Peach Fusion" California
85 points
$9.99
Bright white gold color. Lively, fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of peach and honeydew melon sorbets and apricot fruit leather with an even, lively, effervescent, sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy finish imparting notes of candied apples with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A tasty sweet peach treat.
85 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV "Berry Fusion" California
84 points
$9.99
Bright ruby color. Bright, fruity, confected aromas and flavors of maraschino cherry, waxy watermelon candy, and strawberry jam with an even, bright, effervescent, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, relaxed finish evoking touches of mandarin oranges in syrup with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice sparkling dessert wine.
84 points $9.99
JFJ NV Almond Flavored Sparkling California
84 points
$10.99
Bright light emerald straw color. Lively, confected aromas and flavors of marzipan and maraschino cherry with an even, lively, finely carbonated, sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, swift finish with notes of spiced yellow apple and melon and almond torte with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A amusing almond flavored bubbly.
84 points $10.99
Alba 2011 Vintage Port Warren Hills
84 points
$23.99
Nearly opaque bright dark dusty color. Lively, waxy aromas and flavors of prunes and berries in wax paper, lipstick, candied melon rind, and black licorice with a silky, vibrant, sweet medium-full body and a silky, engaging, medium-length finish that shows accents of red grape and cherry jams on raisin toast and nut brittle with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A solid port style wine for cheeses.
84 points $23.99
Waldwein NV Dessert Cherry Wine Poland
83 points
$14.95
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate covered cherries, cherry gelato, and cherry blossoms with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, fast finish revealing impressions of cherry cough drop, honeyed apple, and nut shells with fine, dusty, papery tannins. A pleasant cherry wine for desserts.
83 points $14.95
Andis Wines 2011 Syrah Dessert Wine Amador County
82 points
$26
Opaque indigo color. Delicate aromas and flavors of dried berries, leather, and chocolate nuts with a supple, tart, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, short finish with notes of wax, raisins, and nut shell with cottony tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sturdy dessert wine.
Cabana Wines 2009 Harbour Dessert Wine Carignane
82 points
$40
Opaque indigo color. Bright, savory aromas and flavors of dried fruits, leather, cedar, and candle wax with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, carefree finish that exhibits touches of dried cherries, roasted nuts, bark, and pepper with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A warming, rather tannic port like dessert wine.
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