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December 2017 - US Sweet Wines

December 2017 - US Sweet Wines
This month's Wine feature is US Sweet, Fortified & Fruit Wines

US Sweet Wines Reviews

City Winery NV Chazak Dessert Wine California
94 points
$25
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.
Awards: 2017 Best US Dessert Wine
Robledo NV Mamma Marias White Port Sauvignon Blanc
94 points
$42
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.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Fortified Wine, 2017 Top 2 Best US Fortified Wine
City Winery 2015 Vin de Glaciere Uva Blanca Vineyard Riesling
90 points
$22
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.
Leonard Oakes 2015 Reserve Ice Wine Vidal Blanc
90 points
$50
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.
The Winery at Marjim Manor NV Cherry Concerto Fruit Wine
89 points
$13.95
Best Buy
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
White Pine NV Ice Wine Reserve Lake Michigan Shore
89 points
$29.99
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
The Winery at Marjim Manor 2017 One Hundred Windows Dessert Wine Niagara
88 points
$11.95
Best Buy
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
White Pine 2016 Mirage Reserve Chambourcin
88 points
$15.99
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
Europa Village 2016 Vienza Vanitá Estate Wine Temecula Valley
88 points
$25
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.
The Winery at Marjim Manor NV A Pear Made in Heaven Fruit Wine
87 points
$13.95
Best Buy
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
Newport Vineyards NV Port Rhode Island
87 points
$35
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.
Chaddsford NV  Niagara
86 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Europa Village 2012 Bolero Cellars Poco Rojo Temecula Valley
85 points
$27
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.
Europa Village 2016 Cest la Vie Gewurztraminer
85 points
$34
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.
Europa Village 2015 Bolero Cellars Estate Wine Muscat Canelli
84 points
$29
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.
Casa Larga 2015 Fiori Delle Stelle Estate Grown Ice Wine Vidal Blanc
84 points
$47.99
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
Robledo 2015 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$25
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.
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