December 2017 - US Sweet Wines

This month's Wine feature is US Sweet, Fortified & Fruit Wines
US Sweet Wines Reviews
222259
City Winery
NV Chazak Dessert Wine California
Black garnet color. Aromas of fruit cake, blackberry preserves, winter spices, toasted coconut, dark roasted almonds, and cocoa powder with a velvety, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla wafer cookies, rich chocolate covered black fruits, and French vanilla gelato finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and moderate oak. Fall in love with this rich port-style California wine that is perfect for cheese or after-dinner sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222300
Robledo
NV Mamma Maria's White Port Sauvignon Blanc
Golden amber color. Interesting, inviting aromas of hay, dried fruits, toasted nuts, and toffee with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, subtle, very long dried apricot, salted butterscotch, caramel corn, and peppermint finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. An endless white port to delight your guest’s taste buds; a must-try.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222260
City Winery
2015 Vin de Glaciere Uva Blanca Vineyard Riesling
Bright gold color. Fruity aromas of ripe summer peaches, honeycomb, and dried flowers with a velvety, vibrant, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, interesting, breezy heirloom tomato, caramel coated banana, sage, and passionfruit finish with soft tannins and no oak. A mouthwatering dessert wine that should stand the test of time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222369
Leonard Oakes
2015 Reserve Ice Wine Vidal Blanc
Golden amber color. Aromas of dried apricot, honeycomb, light caramel, and dried mango with a round, crisp, very sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long fresh ripe peaches, sweet ginger, and lemon bar finish with silky tannins. A balanced and concentrated ice wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222361
The Winery at Marjim Manor
NV Cherry Concerto Fruit Wine
Light garnet color. Sweet, fruity aromas of apple cider, cranberry, and cinnamon swirl with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a charming, medium-length cranberry sorbet and lime spritz finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins. A tasty and tangy wintertime fruit wine.
89 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222241
White Pine
NV Ice Wine Reserve Lake Michigan Shore
Bright topaz color. Aromas of honey drizzled apricots, butter cookies, ripe watermelon, and cantaloupe with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-length tart peach tea finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins. A beautifully balanced dessert wine with grippy texture and explosive fruit flavor.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222362
The Winery at Marjim Manor
2017 One Hundred Windows Dessert Wine Niagara
Golden yellow color. Fruity, rustic aromas of sweet pineapple coulis, coconut, ripe apricot, and green grapes with a round, bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, breezy apricot cookies and bananas with nutmeg finish with soft, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A balanced fruity-sweet white with a hint of spice and tropicality.
88 points $11.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222240
White Pine
2016 Mirage Reserve Chambourcin
Bright dark violet color. Aromas of mulberry, bramble, and wild mint with a round, lively, sweet medium body and a warming, compelling, relaxed fruitcake, chocolate covered butterscotch, and English toffee finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A port-style wine for delicious dessert pairings.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222454
Europa Village
2016 Vienza Vanitá Estate Wine Temecula Valley
Clear emerald straw color. Fruity, grassy aromas of ripe pear in creme, underripe pineapple, fresh grass, and almond pastry with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish with soft, fruit tannins. A creamy, fruity new world expression of classic Italian varietals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222360
The Winery at Marjim Manor
NV A Pear Made in Heaven Fruit Wine
Yellow straw color. Aromas of fresh pressed apples, honey candy, and white flowers with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, buoyant orchard fruit flesh, creme, and sultanas finish with soft tannins and no oak. A gulpable and spritzy tipple for wine and cider lovers alike.
87 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222371
Newport Vineyards
NV Port Rhode Island
Medium light garnet color. Jammy aromas of spiced mixed berry preserves, dates, and spiced pudding with a satiny, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, rapid fruit cake, butterscotch, and rum-raisin finish with silky tannins and light oak. A gulpable American port for cocktails and desserts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222364
Chaddsford
NV Niagara
Yellow straw color. Rustic aromas of beeswax, white grape, and petrol with a round, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-length white peach, honeysuckle, and banana finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A full-bodied, pure sweet white that will be equally perfect ice cold with spicy fried chicken or homemade pudding.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222453
Europa Village
2012 Bolero Cellars Poco Rojo Temecula Valley
Medium dark ruby color. Aromas of dried dates, paprika, strawberry, and cola nut with a satiny, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, snappy raspberry coulis and chocolate candies finish with silky, fruit tannins. A fruity-sweet wine for spicy fare.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222451
Europa Village
2016 C'est la Vie Gewurztraminer
Emerald straw color. Aromas of honeydew melon, lychee, and honeysuckle with a round, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, relaxed bitter almond, saffron, and arugula finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A fragrant gewurztraminer for sunny picnic fare.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222452
Europa Village
2015 Bolero Cellars Estate Wine Muscat Canelli
Clear emerald straw color. Floral, sweet aromas and flavors of orange blossom, melon, guava pastry, peach candy, and tropical flowers with a round, shy, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, brief violet pastilles and sunflower seed finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A powerfully aromatic Muscat for spritzes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222378
Casa Larga
2015 Fiori Delle Stelle Estate Grown Ice Wine Vidal Blanc
Gold color. Fruity, sour aromas and flavors of honey drizzled biscuits, sour peach hard candies, caramelized pineapple, and cream soda with a round, soft, very sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk butterscotch finish with soft tannins. A gulpable ice wine to tuck in cocktails or serve on ice.
84 points $47.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222301
Robledo
2015 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Aromas of pear and pineapple core with a round, shy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a terse finish with soft tannins and no oak. A soft and gulpable wine for quaffing or cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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