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December 2016 - US Dessert, Fortified & Fruit Wines

December 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

St. Clair Winery NV Kiva New Mexico
96 points
$26
Medium dark amber copper color. Fruity, spicy, attractive aromas and flavors of orange marmalade and spice cake, orange brandy liqueur, and honeyed dried apricot with a round, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, long spiced apples and peaches, white toffee, and vanilla cream finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A superb orange flavored fortified wine of the highest order; make sure to try in cocktails too.
One Woman 2014 Dessert Wine Gewurztraminer
95 points
$38
Brilliant gold color. Floral, fruity aromas of white roses and lilacs, spicy peach pie, fruit salad, and white chocolate macadamia cookie with a velvety, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a sleek, involved, golden raisins, panettone a la mode, and honeyed nuts and orange finish with silky, crunchy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A sensational flavorful and delicious dessert wine that is sure to please.
Samson Estates NV Cassis Black Currant Dessert Wine
94 points
$13
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of warm cassis compote, chocolate mint, and spiced nuts with a satiny, tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long cranberry sauce, eucalyptus lemon lozenge, and menthol tobacco finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A rich, spicy fruit wine with great dimension and length.
94 points $13 Best Buy
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2014 Vineyard Estates Riesling
93 points
$32
Bright silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach tart, lemon curd, and hint of rubber leaf with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a graceful, charming, medium-length tangerine, green apple, and minerals finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A delightfully toothsome and engaging riesling with great structure and a real sense of place.
Point of the Bluff Vineyards 2013 Riesling Icewine Finger Lakes
93 points
$64.99
Gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried peaches and apricots and creme brulee with a silky, tangy, sweet medium body and a graceful, subtle, long tangerine segments, orange blossom honey, golden raisins, and spice nuts finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lush, well balanced ice wine with great flavor and style.
93 points $64.99
Bargetto NV Chaucers Raspberry Wine California
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Brilliant light garnet color. Fresh, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of fresh and baked raspberries, smoked nuts, and hint of charcoal with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a sleek, appealing, long honeyed raspberries, pomegranate jam, and hint of tomato finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A sassy and pure raspberry wine for dessert, cheese or cocktails.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Penman Springs 2013 Trembler Trois Paso Robles
90 points
$24
Opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, leather, and dark roasted nuts and coffee beans with a velvety, bright, sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long spiced sour cherries, orange blossom honey, and cedar finish with earthy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, sweet and savory port-like fortified wine with spicy oak.
Samson Estates NV "Blu" Blueberry Dessert Wine
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Dusty garnet black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of fresh blueberry cobbler, orange blossom honey, alpine herb-mint lozenge, and cherry cola with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, breezy spiced custard, sweet spices, and peppercorns finish with dusty tannins and no oak. A warming, spicy blueberry wine.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Great Frogs 2015 Eastport Dessert Wine Anne Arundel County
89 points
$55
Opaque deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry cobbler, purple gummy bears, strawberry jam and dried hay, and soft malabar peppercorns with a crisp, sweet full body and a complex, brisk exotic herbs, medicinal bark, and straw finish with earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A very good example.
Bargetto NV Chaucers Plum Wine Santa Clara Valley
88 points
$17
Brilliant light reddish orange color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry preserves and spiced melon and apple with a satiny, tangy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length honeyed plums and pears finish with crunchy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant, nicely balanced fruit wine for cheeses and light desserts.
Hopkins Vineyard 2014 Ice Wine Western Connecticut Highlands
88 points
$45
Clear golden yellow color. Fruity aromas and flavors of golden raisins, dried apricots, floral honey, and diesel with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a polished, subtle, very long peach cobbler, caramelized pineapple and mango, white toffee, and sweet cream finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A superb dessert wine with great flavor and length.
Great Frogs 2015 Full Sail Dessert Wine Maryland
87 points
$50
Bright amber color. Aromas of ripe apricots, dried lichees, taffy and lemon pith, and dried canvas and a medicinal afterthought with an bright, sweet medium-full body and a captivating, brisk finish with cottony tannins and no oak. A fairly good quality example.
Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2011 "Latigo" Red Hills
87 points
$50
Dark garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed nuts and cherries and dark chocolate cherry bon bon with a satiny, bright, sweet medium body and a smooth, breezy root beer float, brown spices, and cedar and nuts finish with a suggestion of oak. A pleasant dessert wine.
Samson Estates NV Framboise Raspberry Dessert Wine
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Brilliant dark ruby color. Fresh, earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of raspberries, rhubarb, tomato-cucumber relish, and dried herbs with a supple, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long strawberry sorbet and soda, fruit salad, raspberry phosphate, and chalk finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting berry wine with some fun flavor twists and turns.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Quady 2015 Red Electra Muscat
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale garnet purple color. Aromas and flavors of fruit punch, spiced berries and oranges, roasted nut, and suede with a silky, bright, spritzy, sweet medium body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-long berry soda, orange sorbet, dried flowers, and watermelon finish with fine tannins and no oak. A vibrant and tasty dessert wine.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Henry Estate 2015  Muller Thurgau
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Dusty, woody aromas and flavors of dried citrus, ground nuts, rice sack, and wool with a supple, tangy, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, breezy lemon and peach sorbet, green apple, and minerals finish. A interesting, earthy, slightly spritzy off-dry white.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Tom Eddy 2015  Orange Muscat
86 points
$30
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of raisin bread pudding, fresh peach granola, overripe apricot, and hint of acetone with a silky, soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk grape juice and skin, apple soda, and chalk finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A light crisp dessert wine for cheeses.
Shenandoah Vineyards 2014 "Nocturne" Shenandoah Valley
86 points
$35
Brilliant golden straw color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and lavender, dried peach and orange, sultana, and hint of varnished wood with a glycerous, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a sleek, captivating, cheery fall grass and leaves, flan, and wet alpaca wool blanket finish with no oak. A supple, earthy dessert wine for cheeses.
Henry Estate NV Veraison Umpqua Valley
85 points
$15
Bright pink coral color. Fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of spiced apple, white cherry and melon, white grape, and flower patch earth with a supple, crisp, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery artisanal orange soda finish with no oak. A crisp, off-dry wine for patios and hors d’ouvres.
Samson Estates NV "Oro" Hazelnut Dessert Wine
85 points
$21
Brilliant golden yellow color. Curious aromas and flavors of hazelnut gelato and hazelnut chocolate spread with a glycerous, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, uncommon, peach nectar, cream soda, vanilla yogurt, and nougat finish. A curious hazelnut dessert wine.
Penns Woods 2016 Bancroft Moscato
84 points
$24
Pale white gold color. Interesting, yeasty aromas and flavors of warm tapioca, pear and grape seeds, schmaltz, and hint of paper mache with a supple, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, relaxed tangerine and apple sorbets, lemon, and chalk finish with no oak. A sweet, slightly rustic sipper.
Great Frogs 2015 All Hands on Deck Dessert Wine Maryland
84 points
$50
Garnet color. Aromas of pressed flowers, stewed fruits and apricots, pressed linen, and lemon pith with an tangy, full body and an appealing, rapid finish with cottony, papery tannins and no oak. An average quality example.
Great Frogs  "Lollipop Red" Capital Series Maryland
81 points
$15
Nearly opaque ruby black color. Green, earthy aromas and flavors of tomato vine and cranberry bog with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length chocolate pomegranate, mint leaf, and mace and peppercorns finish with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. An interesting earthy fortified wine.
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2014 Chehalem Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling
80 points
$45
Clear straw color. Tropical, floral, exotic aromas and flavors of cologne, exotic spices, dental rubber, and micro greens and herbs with a soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, quirky, breezy spiced melon, nectarine and apple and dried flowers and citrus finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A dainty, exotically aromatic dessert wine.
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