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
216028
Grgich Hills
2013 Violetta Napa Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215984
One Nation
NV WHITE American
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215940
Johnson Estate
"Maple" Estate Grown
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216065
La Quinta
NV Syrah Port Paso Robles
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215901
Stone Hill
NV Sweet White Wine Moscato
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216037
The Winery at Marjim Manor
NV "Sophia's Sunrise" Niagara Country
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216025
Amber Falls Winery
2013 "Sweet Dreams"
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215982
Lilia
2011 Late Harvest Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215986
One Nation
NV PINK American
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216111
Atwater
2014 Fahrenheit Seneca Lake
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216115
Salt of the Earth
2015 Flore de Moscato California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216114
Quady
2015 "Electra" Moscato
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216075
Westport
2014 "Maritime" Red Willow Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216072
Westport
2014 "Going Coastal" Red Willow Gewurztraminer
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216073
Westport
NV "Rapture of the Deep" Cranberry Wine
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216024
Amber Falls Winery
2015 "The People's Choice" Blackberry
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215968
Casa Larga
2010 Fiori Barrel Aged Vidal Blanc Finger Lakes
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216023
Amber Falls Winery
2014 "Raspberry Romance"
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216034
The Winery at Marjim Manor
NV "Applgria" Niagara Country
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216066
Chocolate Bar
NV Chocolate Port California
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216046
Wollersheim
2013 Port American
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216063
Black Willow Winery
2004 Flight 6-1-37 California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216110
Atwater
2013 Blanc de Blancs Finger Lakes
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216035
The Winery at Marjim Manor
NV "Peach for the Stars" Niagara Country
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215987
One Nation
NV Americana American
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216088
Grande River Vineyards
2014 Late Harvest Viognier
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216047
Wollersheim
2013 White Port American
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216064
Black Willow Winery
NV DePeche Meow New York State
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215988
Villari Vineyards
2015 Rosé Outer Coastal Plain
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216009
Northleaf Winery
NV Carte Blanche California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216010
Northleaf Winery
NV Chocolate Cherry Bliss California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215950
Pedroncelli
2011 Four Grapes Vintage Port Dry Creek Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216084
B. Lovely
2014 Late Harvest Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216083
Apex
2014 Late Harvest Semillon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216087
Red Decadence
NV Chocolate Wine American
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216036
The Winery at Marjim Manor
NV "Heart of Gold" Niagara Country
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215983
One Nation
NV RED American
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215985
One Nation
NV BLUE American
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216008
Northleaf Winery
NV Five Vine Reserve California
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216048
Cedar Creek
NV Port Rosé American
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216082
Moonbeam
2015 Sweet Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216022
Amber Falls Winery
2015 "Madame Muscadine"
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216039
The Winery at Marjim Manor
NV "Legacy" Niagara Country
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216074
Westport
2014 "Shelter from the Storm"
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215939
Johnson Estate
Estate Grown Cream Sherry
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216038
The Winery at Marjim Manor
NV "Cordially Yours" Niagara Country
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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