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
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Quady
2014 Essensia Orange Muscat
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, breezy spiced oranges, sautéed almonds, and white maple fudge finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, zesty and flavor packed dessert wine.
92 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213591
Heron Hill Winery
2013 Late Harvest Vidal Blanc
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, relaxed 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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213566
Stonehedge
2009 Late Harvest Chardonnay Mendocino County
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 creme brulee, white toffee, and mocha finish with fine tannins and no oak. A fruity, supple and attractive dessert wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213459
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Sparkling Red Moscato
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, brisk spice and herbs and honeyed oranges finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A very nice, sweet and spicy bubbly wine.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213434
Pedroncelli
2010 "Four Grapes" Vintage Port Dry Creek Valley
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, brisk chocolate cherries, blackberry jam on scone, chestnuts, and floral honey finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, delicious and well balanced port style wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213460
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Sparkling Pink Moscato
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, breezy lemon-melon phosphate and strawberry gastrique finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A fun, super fruity sparkler.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213380
Heitz
NV "Ink Grade" Port Napa Valley
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 candied black raspberries, orange marmalade, and peppery spices finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A big, brawny fortified wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213582
R. Stuart
NV Klipsun Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
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, nutskins, brandied dried cherries, tobacco, and bark finish with firm, barky tannins and heavy oak. A firm, oaky port.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213583
R. Stuart
2007 "Colheita" Tawny Dessert Wine Red Mountain
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. An interesting mature tawny port with a lot of wood influence.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213466
Barefoot Bubbly
NV "Citrus Fusion" California
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. A tasty, fruity sweet sparkler.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213610
Mardik
NV Semi-Sweet Pomegranate Wine Armenia
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. A crisp, tart pomegranate wine.
86 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213436
Byington
2013 "Euphoria II" Pinot Noir
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 milk chocolate nuts, brandied raisins, pepper, and almond finish with fine, soft tannins. A sweet and peppery late harvest.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213720
Handley
2014 Late Harvest Riesling Riesling
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, spiced apple, tangerine, citrus pith, and gravel finish with no oak. A solid, easy drinking dessert wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213461
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Sparkling Spumante Moscato
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 spiced green apples, clementine, and chalk finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213467
Barefoot Bubbly
NV "Tropical Fusion" California
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, breezy orange sherbet finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice sweet sparkler.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Barefoot Bubbly
NV "Peach Fusion" California
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, buoyant candied apples finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty sweet peach treat.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Barefoot Bubbly
NV "Berry Fusion" California
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 mandarin oranges in syrup finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice sparkling dessert wine.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213713
JFJ
NV Almond Flavored Sparkling California
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, brisk spiced yellow apple and melon and almond torte finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A amusing almond flavored bubbly.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213669
Alba
2011 Vintage Port Warren Hills
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 red grape and cherry jams on raisin toast and nut brittle finish with fine tannins and light oak. A solid port style wine for cheeses.
84 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213611
Waldwein
NV Dessert Cherry Wine Poland
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, brisk cherry cough drop, honeyed apple, and nut shells finish with fine, dusty, papery tannins. A pleasant cherry wine for desserts.
83 points $14.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213433
Andis Wines
2011 Syrah Dessert Wine Amador County
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, scant wax, raisins, and nut shell finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy dessert wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213567
Cabana Wines
2009 Harbour Dessert Wine Carignane
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, crisp dried cherries, roasted nuts, bark, and pepper finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A warming, rather tannic port like dessert wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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