August 2017 - US Dessert, Fortified & Fruit Wines

This month's Wine feature is US Dessert, Fortified & Fruit Wines Wines
US Dessert, Fortified & Fruit Wines Reviews
220633
Johnson Estate
NV May Carbonated White Wine American
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of grape jelly, wild lemon, and preserved peach with a round, crisp, fizzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length roasted nuts, dried pineapple, and cream soda finish with coating, silky, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. An exemplary sparkler with terrific effervescence and a nuanced approach to Vidal blanc.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220385
Coyote Moon Vineyards
2013 Perpetua Port-Style New York State
Dark black garnet color. Fruity aroma of table grapes with a lightly tannic, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a hot, medium-long raisin and chocolate, spice cake, leather and mint, and sweet pea blossom finish with well-integrated tannins. A distinctive port that makes exceptional use of the Marquette grape.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220388
Coyote Moon Vineyards
2015 Razzle Dazzle Fruit Wine New York State
Burnt sienna color. Fruity aromas of mixed berry syrup, gummy candy, and citronella with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and an appealing, medium-length tomate de arbol, floral honey, and raspberry finish with well-integrated tannins. A sweet and tangy fruit wine; elegantly rustic.
92 points $15.80 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220476
Casa Larga
2013 Fiori Delle Stelle Estate Grown Ice Wine Vidal Blanc
Brilliant bright gold color. Fruity, interesting aromas and flavors of apple-raisin yogurt, toasty nut brittle, and caramelized cheese rind with a supple, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, distinctive, long dried peach and mango, yogurt nuts and apricots, and earth finish with crunchy tannins. A delightfully flavorful and complex dessert wine with a captivating earthy underbelly.
92 points $43.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220437
Wild Sun Winery
2014 Eclipse Dessert Wine Missouri
Black garnet color. Grainy, sweet aromas of grape leaf, raisin bran cereal, and strawberry breakfast bar with a round, tangy, sweet medium-full body and an appealing, medium-long Nutella with strawberries on crepes, sprouts, and honey brittle finish with chewy, earthy, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. An intriguing dessert wine with an oscillating sense of sweet and savory; perfect after a rustic meal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220509
Stella Rosa
NV L'Originale Rosso Italy
Dark ruby color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of spiced peaches and oranges and honeysuckle with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long sour cherry sorbet finish with no oak. A singing dessert wine with delicious fruit and mouthwatering acidity.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220631
City Winery
2015 Vin de Glaciere Uva Blanca Vineyard Riesling
Gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed pineapple and papaya, spiced tangerines, and purple flowers with a supple, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long spiced apples and pears, nuts, and minerals finish with a suggestion of oak. A very appetizing dessert wine with nuanced layers of fruit and citrus flavors supported by juicy acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220510
Stella Rosa
NV L'Originale Platinum Italy
Golden straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of coconut and banana cream pies, ripe papaya, orange-mango gelato, and marzipan with a supple, crisp, spritzy, sweet medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-long spiced pear and apple, whipped cream, and delicate herbs and spices finish. An intriguingly tropical and extroverted sweet sparkling wine.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220512
Stella Rosa
NV Imperiale Black Lux Sparkling Wine Italy
Brilliant deep purple color. Sweet, candied aromas of cherry syrup, raspberry pez candy, creme de cassis, and chocolate covered coconut macaroon with a round, crisp, effervescent, sweet medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length chocolate yogurt and aged rum daiquiri finish. A fruit-basket of berry flavors prevails in this rich and sweet sparkler.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220455
Wollersheim
2014 White Port American
Gold color. Floral, exotic aromas of honeysuckle, nectarine, ripe melon, and vanilla taffy with a round, vibrant, very sweet medium-full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length ginger and asian pear, white pepper, caramelized pears, and passion fruit finish with medium, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A tropical white port for cocktails, desserts, and casual sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220702
City Winery
NV Chazak Red Dessert Wine
Black ruby color. Baked aromas and flavors of stewed berries, beeswax, dark roasted nuts, and cedar incense with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long pomegranate, oak, and apple brandy finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A rich, brooding and boozy dessert wine to finish off a hearty meal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220387
Coyote Moon Vineyards
2015 Cherry Bomb Fruit Wine New York State
Brilliant reddish orange color. Fruity, candied aromas of bubblegum, coconut mango sticky rice, apple cinnamon compote, and anisette biscotti with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and an engaging, relaxed apricot, chamomile, iced tea, and roobois finish with soft tannins and no oak. A sweet and complex way to end a meal.
87 points $14.85 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220507
Chateau Niagara
2016 Kagor Dessert Wine New York State
Black violet color. Interesting aromas of chocolate covered mint candy, leather, rose syrup, and cigar box with a round, bright, sweet medium-full body and an even, delightful, rapid boysenberry jam, chocolate spread, salty mixed nut bar, and dried date finish with medium, soft tannins and moderate oak. An intriguing red dessert wine with a chocolatey sensibility.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220448
Ledson
2014 Sweet Ida May Late Harvest Zinfandel
Dusty dull black garnet color. Aromas of grape jelly, spiced dried date, and cranberry tart with a supple, bright, sweet fat body and a sleek, breezy salted caramel, plum fruit leather, and echinacea finish with barky tannins. A pleasantly jammy dessert wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220634
Johnson Estate
NV Cherry Wine American
Bright brick red color. Sweet, fruity aromas of overripe raspberry, grape jelly jar, and gooseberry with a satiny, tangy, very sweet medium body and a peppery, easy sour peach, grape jelly and Nutella sandwich, chocolate covered mixed nuts, and black pepper finish with medium tannins. A sweet and rustic American fortified wine that will be very fun after dinner or in cocktails.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220508
Stella Rosa
NV Imperiale Sparkling Orange Moscato Fior d'Arancio Colli Euganei DOCG
Emerald straw color. Sweet, fruity aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, honeycomb, lime peel, and straw with a crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, easy cherry syrup and fruit cup finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A fruity and lush sparkling dessert wine that will be a hit with sweet-tooths.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220454
Wollersheim
2014 Port American
Dusty black garnet color. Aromas of cherry gummy candy and menthol with a syrupy, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a snappy grape stem and balsamic reduction finish with medium, chewy tannins. A sweet port-style wine for cheese pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220434
Hawk and Horse Vineyards
2012 Latigo Dessert Wine Cabernet Sauvignon
Black garnet color. Aromas of creme de cassis and potted rose plant with a round, soft, sweet medium-to-full body and a medium-length chocolate fudge, dried strawberry and pie crust, tobacco, and tar finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A sweet and chewy dessert wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220511
Stella Rosa
NV L'Originale Pink Italy
Brilliant pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of orange sorbet, fruit salad, and berry lip balm with a supple, crisp, petillant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a breezy peach and apple hard candies finish. A nice fruity, off-dry aperitif or dessert wine that’s not too cloying.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220411
Penns Woods
2016 Off-Dry Moscato
Pale silver color. Floral aromas and flavors of lilac, ripe white peach, fresh lemon, and grapefruit zest and talc with a supple, tangy, petillant, sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy mango candy, bitter almond, and vanilla yogurt finish with soft tannins. A sweet and flavorful quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220456
Cedar Creek Winery
NV Port Rosé American
Dark pink coral color. Aromas of strawberry vinaigrette, georgia peach skin, dried fig, and caramel with a satiny, lively, sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length poppyseed, watermelon candy, parsley, and dill finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A charming domestic rose Port; great for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220636
Johnson Estate
2016 Ice Wine Vidal Blanc
Golden straw color. Curious aromas and flavors of damp leaves and straw, oily nuts, cajeta, and dried citrus with a supple, crisp, petillant, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long melted honeycomb, bananas and papayas foster, spiced golden raisin and apple compote, and mossy earth finish with leafy, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. An earthy desert wine offering for the table.
84 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220522
Baroda Founders
NV First Kiss Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Wine
Ruby garnet color. Candied aromas of tiramisu, charleston chew, Riesen candies, and Black Forest cake with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant raspberry chocolate truffle and ho hos finish with silky tannins. Chocolate candies in a glass!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220523
Baroda Founders
NV Smorleaux Chocolate and Marshmallow Wine
Dull light garnet color. Confected aromas of frappucino, chocolate whipped cream, s’mores, and stewed strawberry with a supple, soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a breezy finish with soft tannins. Sweet-tooths will love this chocolatey wine for dessert.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220554
Northleaf Winery
NV Rare Blend
Garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry preserves and delicate spice with a supple, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, rapid fruit punch finish. A pleasant, punch like fruit wine; try in sangria
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220545
Chaumette
2011 Port Missouri
Dark color. Aromas and flavors of raisin, fruit vinegar, and muesli with a round, tangy, sweet light body and a buoyant cinnamon tea finish with barky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice after dinner sweet treat.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220542
Lawer Estates
2016 Una Late Harvest Chardonnay Knights Valley
Brilliant straw green color. Interesting aromas and flavors of fallen green apple, oily roasted peanuts, cashew butter, and oat cereal with a satiny, bright, petillant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, quick golden raisin compote, rhubarb, and hint of pepper finish. A funky, earthy dessert wine for aged cheese.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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