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
217713
St. Clair Winery
NV Kiva New Mexico
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217654
One Woman
2014 Dessert Wine Gewurztraminer
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217630
Samson Estates
NV Cassis Black Currant Dessert Wine
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217709
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2014 Vineyard Estates Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217541
Point of the Bluff Vineyards
2013 Riesling Icewine Finger Lakes
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217649
Bargetto
NV Chaucer's Raspberry Wine California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217726
Penman Springs
2013 Trembler Trois Paso Robles
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217629
Samson Estates
NV "Blu" Blueberry Dessert Wine
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217762
Great Frogs
2015 Eastport Dessert Wine Anne Arundel County
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217651
Bargetto
NV Chaucer's Plum Wine Santa Clara Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217666
Hopkins Vineyard
2014 Ice Wine Western Connecticut Highlands
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217760
Great Frogs
2015 Full Sail Dessert Wine Maryland
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217611
Hawk and Horse Vineyards
2011 "Latigo" Red Hills
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217631
Samson Estates
NV Framboise Raspberry Dessert Wine
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217585
Quady
2015 Red Electra Muscat
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217580
Henry Estate
2015 Muller Thurgau
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217617
Tom Eddy
2015 Orange Muscat
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217692
Shenandoah Vineyards
2014 "Nocturne" Shenandoah Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217581
Henry Estate
NV Veraison Umpqua Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217632
Samson Estates
NV "Oro" Hazelnut Dessert Wine
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217680
Penns Woods
2016 Bancroft Moscato
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217761
Great Frogs
2015 All Hands on Deck Dessert Wine Maryland
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217765
Great Frogs
"Lollipop Red" Capital Series Maryland
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217710
Blakeslee Vineyard Estate
2014 Chehalem Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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