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August 2016 - US Dessert, Fortified & Fruit Wines

August 2016 - US Dessert, Fortified & Fruit Wines
This month's Wine feature is US Dessert, Fortified, Late Harvest & Fruit Wines

US Dessert, Fortified & Fruit Wines Reviews

Grgich Hills 2013 Violetta Napa Valley
95 points
$85
Bright gold color. Fruity, complex aromas and flavors of baked stone fruits, golden raisin nut toast, and caramelized pineapple with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, very long nougat, golden plum preserves, and honey finish with no oak. A great, richly flavorful dessert wine that will brilliantly conclude a fine meal.
One Nation NV WHITE American
93 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brilliant pale straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of fresh peach cobbler, tangerine sorbet, and honeysuckle with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, complex, caramel apple and vanilla finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A wonderfully pure, rich and expressive fruit wine that will triumph with desserts.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Johnson Estate  "Maple" Estate Grown
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Brilliant light amber color. Interesting, earthy rustic aromas and flavors of grappa, lacquer, suede, and honeyed dried peaches with a glycerous, soft, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long spiced apples and pears, chestnut nougat, and maple cream finish with light oak. A delicious and nuanced fortified dessert wine that evokes memories of Italy.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
La Quinta NV Syrah Port Paso Robles
93 points
$17
Best Buy
Dusty ruby black color. Dusty, earthy aromas and flavors of leather, cocoa and coconut, raisin box, and crayon and clay with a round, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length prune compote, spiced nuts, pencil shavings, and pepper dust and minerals finish with dusty, chewy tannins. A brooding Late-Bottle Vintage Port styled fortified wine with attractive earthiness and restraint.
93 points $17 Best Buy
Stone Hill NV Sweet White Wine Moscato
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Fruity, perfumed aromas and flavors of peony, lychee, peach and tangerine, and leaves with a soft, tangy, petillant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long honeyed apricot and lemon-lime sorbet finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nicely structured not-too-sweet moscato that will be very versatile.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
The Winery at Marjim Manor NV "Sophias Sunrise" Niagara Country
92 points
$12.95
Best Buy
Bright ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried Montmorency cherry and marzipan cookie with a round, tart, fruity sweet body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long cherry-pomegranate relish, pickled cranberries and melon rind, nutskin, and earth and jasmine tea finish with no oak. A delicious, pure and tangy cherry wine with surprising complexity and nuance.
92 points $12.95 Best Buy
Amber Falls Winery 2013 "Sweet Dreams"
92 points
$21
Gold color. Buttery, nutty umami aromas and flavors of sautéed almonds, rancio, fig, and hint of soy with a satiny, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long fleur de sel and honey roasted stone fruits finish with light oak. A delicious, complex, and surprisingly Spanish-ish cream Sherry-like wine.
Lilia 2011 Late Harvest Riesling
92 points
$40
Medium gold color. Earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of honey baked fruits, rubber eraser, and clay with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long peach cobbler, spiced nuts, apple compote, and gauze with iodine finish with a suggestion of oak. A serious, almost brooding, botrytized dessert wine with a great sense of place and varietal character.
One Nation NV PINK American
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright topaz color. Candied aromas and flavors of strawberry fruit roll up, apple tart, and peach and apple jolly rancher yogurt with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-length watermelon sorbet finish with no oak. A boldly fruity, dessert wine that is not too sweet and will work well with desserts
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Atwater 2014 Fahrenheit Seneca Lake
91 points
$25
Bright reddish orange color. Fruity, funky aromas and flavors of sour berries, lemon tinged honey, raspberry cream, and pressed linen with a silky, tart, sweet full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish with cottony tannins and no oak. A very pretty and palate-stimulating rose fortified wine.
Salt of the Earth 2015 Flore de Moscato California
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright golden yellow color. Fruity, floral aromas of spiced peaches, suede, toasted nuts, and hint of potpourri with a silky, tangy, petillant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an intricate, long honeyed tangerines and apricots, lemon curd, and nutskins finish with no oak. A lively and delicious dessert wine with great table-friendly acidity and length.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Quady 2015 "Electra" Moscato
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright golden amber color. Confected, fruity floral funky aromas and flavors of white flowers, dried lavender, crystalized lime zest, and green apple skin with a slightly chewy, tangy, sweet medium-full body and a warming, delightful finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak. A lightly and lively, sweet spritzy dessert wine that is sure to please.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Westport 2014 "Maritime" Red Willow Riesling
90 points
$28
Bright gold color. Fruity, toasty yeasty funky aromas and flavors of lemon/lime zest, pan grille (bread toast), lemon cream, and dried canvas with a slightly chewy, lively, moderately sweet medium-full body and a warming, complex, brisk finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A racy, sweet bubbly with a lot of personality.
Westport 2014 "Going Coastal" Red Willow Gewurztraminer
90 points
$28
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Fruity, floral aromas of geranium, crushed apple, and peach pit with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a silky, engaging, medium-long melon rind, lemon granita, and grassy earth finish with no oak. A delightfully refreshing prosecco-like bubbly with great, balance, fruit and length.
Westport NV "Rapture of the Deep" Cranberry Wine
90 points
$28
Ruby color. Fruity aromas of cranberry sauce and raspberry butter on toast with a supple, tart, spritzy, fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long gooseberry, green apple skin, and lime finish with chewy, dusty tannins and no oak. A fun sparkling cranberry wine with great purity of flavor and acidity.
Amber Falls Winery 2015 "The Peoples Choice" Blackberry
89 points
$15.53
Best Buy
Bright brick red color. Fruity aromas of ripe raspberries, raspberry syrup, dried canvas, and dried twigs with a slightly chewy, tart, fruity medium-full body and an effortless, interesting, breezy finish with cottony tannins.
89 points $15.53 Best Buy
Casa Larga 2010 Fiori Barrel Aged Vidal Blanc Finger Lakes
89 points
$59.99
Brilliant old gold color. Fruity, savory, umami aromas of golden raisins, honeycomb, and chicken bouillon with a round, body and a tingling, complex, long dried apricot and mango, spiced apple, and schmaltz cookie finish. A rich, meaty dessert wine that will pair nicely with cheeses.
89 points $59.99
Amber Falls Winery 2014 "Raspberry Romance"
88 points
$13.70
Best Buy
Light ruby garnet color. Fresh aromas and flavors of raspberry pie a la mode and honeyed cherries and nuts with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long mulberries finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty and balanced dessert fruit wine.
88 points $13.70 Best Buy
The Winery at Marjim Manor NV "Applgria" Niagara Country
88 points
$13.95
Best Buy
Bright light gold color. Green, fruity aromas and flavors of waxy apple and pear skin with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, peach juice and hint of spiced nuts finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A very quaffable, off-dry aperitif-style fruit wine.
88 points $13.95 Best Buy
Chocolate Bar NV Chocolate Port California
88 points
$17
Brown brick red color. Confected aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse and berry tart with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length cherry cordial and cocoa powder finish with no oak. A fun, chocolatey dessert wine.
Wollersheim 2013 Port American
88 points
$22
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spicy berry compote, leather, white peppercorn, and clay with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length cherry cola and sassafras and chestnuts finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A fun, spicy, fortified wine for cheeses, desserts, or cocktails.
Black Willow Winery 2004 Flight 6-1-37 California
88 points
$24.95
Black ruby color. Baked aromas and flavors of berry compote, brandied raisins, and roasted chestnut with a velvety, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length chocolate berries and minerals finish with light oak. A supple, warming, fireside sipper.
88 points $24.95
Atwater 2013 Blanc de Blancs Finger Lakes
88 points
$30
Light silvery emerald straw color. Fresh, creamy aromas of apples in yogurt with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy kiwi, lemon, and nutskin finish. A crisp refreshing sparkler with zippy acidity.
The Winery at Marjim Manor NV "Peach for the Stars" Niagara Country
87 points
$12.95
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced peach and persimmon with a silky, bright, off-dry body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length honeyed quince and spiced apple finish. A fun, spicy white sangria-like fruit wine.
87 points $12.95 Best Buy
One Nation NV Americana American
87 points
$15.99
Garnet color. Fruity aromas of baked blueberries and lemon spritzed apple with a silky, lively, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length dried cherries and craisins, nuts, and pepper finish with no oak. A nice tangy, tingly fruit wine that will be fun with cheeses, desserts or in cocktails.
87 points $15.99
Grande River Vineyards 2014 Late Harvest Viognier
87 points
$20.99
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of frosted coffee cake, pear brandy, and spiced apples and tangerines with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, engaging, praline and hint of maple syrup finish. A stimulating, warming dessert wine.
87 points $20.99
Wollersheim 2013 White Port American
87 points
$22
Brilliant golden straw color. Baked, boozy aromas and flavors of rum raisin cake, mango chutney, and pepper with a round, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, lightning-fast peach custard pie, spiced apples and nuts, orange sherbet, and pepper finish with a suggestion of oak. A rich, warming fortified dessert wine.
Black Willow Winery NV DePeche Meow New York State
86 points
$12.95
Best Buy
Pale silvery amber color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of peach tart, jasmine, and white grape with a silky, tangy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a silky, intriguing, breezy peach nectar and lemonade, pickled melon rind, and leafy earth finish. A tangy peachy dessert wine for desserts or cocktails.
86 points $12.95 Best Buy
Villari Vineyards 2015 Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Medium reddish orange color. Funky, fruity creamy aromas of green plums, ripe grapiness, green herbs/peppers, and sandalwood - pressed linen with a round, lively, dryish full body and a warming, intricate, brisk finish with cottony tannins and a suggestion of oak.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Northleaf Winery NV Carte Blanche California
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright golden amber color. Fruity, funky boozy toasty aromas of dried fruit - peaches, grape vodka, spiced lemon curd, and lemon/peach saltwater taffy with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish full body and a warming, complex, brisk finish with cottony tannins and a suggestion of oak.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Northleaf Winery NV Chocolate Cherry Bliss California
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright burnt sienna color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of chocolate covered cherries with coconut cream, floral note - violets, pressed linen, and smith brothers cherry cough drops with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity full body and a warming, captivating, brisk finish with firm tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fun coco-wine.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Pedroncelli 2011 Four Grapes Vintage Port Dry Creek Valley
86 points
$20
Dark indigo color. Fruity, toasty rubbery vinous aromas and flavors of raisinettes, mocha - roasted nuts, planked oak, and petrol with a chewy, sharp, sweet full body and a hot, appealing, short finish with coarse, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
B. Lovely 2014 Late Harvest Riesling
85 points
$9
Light straw green color. Interesting, grainy aromas and flavors of potato flour sack, toasted whole nuts, lily, and apple tree with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a breezy spiced apple and pear and earth finish with no oak. A delicate off-dry sipper.
Apex 2014 Late Harvest Semillon
85 points
$11
Light silvery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced baked peaches and passionfruit yogurt with a velvety, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, captivating, breezy honey, coconut custard, and nuts finish with no oak. A nice dainty dessert wine.
Red Decadence NV Chocolate Wine American
85 points
$11
Bright burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate - mocha, dried straw - turned earth, salted nuts, and sultana raisins - lemon pith with a slightly chewy, tangy, sweet full body and a warming, engaging, brisk finish with medium tannins and no oak. Its a liquid candy bar.
The Winery at Marjim Manor NV "Heart of Gold" Niagara Country
85 points
$15.95
Bright gold color. Fruity, funky rubbery creamy aromas and flavors of spiced dried apricots, pencil eraser - white flowers, handmade coconut soap, and lemon pith with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity full body and a seamless, charming, breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak.
85 points $15.95
One Nation NV RED American
84 points
$9.99
Bright dark ruby color. Fruity, waxy vinous aromas and flavors of welch’s grape jelly - pectin, grape seeds, green apple, and grape stems with a chewy, tart, fruity full body and a peppery, interesting, quick finish with grippy, woody tannins and no oak.
84 points $9.99
One Nation NV BLUE American
84 points
$9.99
Light dark ruby color. Funky, earthy aromas and flavors of musty berries, sour cream, and dried flowers with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, unusual, medium-length berry juice and tea leaves finish. A funky fruity wine for cheeses.
84 points $9.99
Northleaf Winery NV Five Vine Reserve California
84 points
$15
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of spiced berries and plums and toffee with a silky, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk rum raisin-carrot cake a la mode, nutskins, and chalk finish with dusty, firm tannins and a suggestion of oak. A relaxed and relaxing ruby port-like dessert wine.
Cedar Creek NV Port Rosé American
84 points
$18
Bright light garnet color. Fruity, perfumed toasty aromas of cherry pie filling and honeyed nut brittle with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, breezy delicate spice and earth finish with dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A sturdy, warming fortified wine.
Moonbeam 2015 Sweet Riesling
83 points
$9
Brilliant straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of fresh picked geraniums and jasmine, peanut butter, and apples and melon rind with a satiny, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk apple sauce and nectarine finish with no oak. A pleasant cheese wine.
Amber Falls Winery 2015 "Madame Muscadine"
83 points
$13.70
Golden straw color. Perfumed, fruity aromas and flavors of white grape juice and skins, baklava, tropical blossoms, and hint of eucalyptus and iodine with a silky, soft, off-dry thin body and a rapid quince, kiwi, ground nuts, and earth finish with fine, dusty tannins and no oak. A rustic dessert wine that will work nicely with cheeses.
83 points $13.70
The Winery at Marjim Manor NV "Legacy" Niagara Country
83 points
$16.95
Dusty brown brick red color. Fruity aromas of eucalyptus, chocolate toffee, and warm cassis chutney with a lightly tannic, puckering, sourish medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, long raw currants and cranberries, pickled lemon rinds, Buddha’s hand, and leaves finish with soft, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A super tart and sour fruit wine that will be best as a cocktail ingredient.
83 points $16.95
Westport 2014 "Shelter from the Storm"
83 points
$31
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries and raisins, hazelnut coffee, and carob with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, buoyant honey roasted cherries finish with dusty, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. An earthy, mellow dessert offering.
Johnson Estate  Estate Grown Cream Sherry
81 points
$18.99
Bright light gold color. Interesting, nutty aromas and flavors of caramelized chestnuts and lemon rind, old root beer, leafy earth, and rum marzipan cake with a supple, flat, fruity sweet body and a polished, intriguing, breezy leather and oak bark, baked apple, salted white toffee, and white vermouth finish with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak.
81 points $18.99
The Winery at Marjim Manor NV "Cordially Yours" Niagara Country
80 points
$12.95
Dark dark garnet color. Creamy, unusual aromas of freezer-burned chocolate cream pie with a graham cracker crust, cherry yogurt, and old chocolate bar with a round, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a smooth, peculiar, brisk cherry vinaigrette on greens, pickled golden beets, and cocoa powder tin finish with fine, dusty tannins.
80 points $12.95
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