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August 2018 - US Sweet, Dessert & Fortified

August 2018 - US Sweet, Dessert & Fortified
This month's Wine feature is US Sweet, Dessert & Fortified Wines

US Sweet, Dessert & Fortified Reviews

Grgich Hills 2014 Violetta Late Harvest Dessert Wine Napa Valley
94 points
$85
Golden yellow color. Complex aromas of beeswax, petrol, yellow apple confection, lily, rose petal, stewed apricot, and golden raisin with a round, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, long caramelized lychee, nata de coco, coriander, ginger, grapefruit marmalade, and coconut sugar finish. A beautifully textured, concentrated and stylish dessert wine to show off to Sauternes-loving friends; feel free to cellar.
Frost Bitten 2016 Ice Wine Riesling
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Bright golden yellow color. Inviting aromas of sweet peach pie, honeysuckle, lychee, and gingerbread with a glycerous, bright, very sweet medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length honey nougat, pears in syrup, white pepper, and cantaloupe finish. A fragrant and likable ice wine with great spice nuances sitting just below honeyed fruit.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Château Élan NV Port Riserva American
89 points
$39.95
Dusty black violet color. Aromas of dried fig, flourless chocolate cake, pastry dough, cocoa powder dusted almonds, chocolate muffin, toasted marshmallow, and molasses with a round, lively, sweet medium body and a warming, subtle, very long chocolate covered strawberries and toasty crepes finish with light oak. Enormous strawberry flavors rock the palate in this delicious fortified favorite.
89 points $39.95
The Naked Grape NV  Moscato
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Sweet, floral aromas and flavors of Botan rice candy, lime sorbet, rainbow sherbet, and candied pears with a silky, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk peach iced tea finish with no oak. A sweet and juicy moscato with a big floral bouquet.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Riesling
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of bartlett pear, beeswax, lanolin, and wildflowers with a round, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length juicy apricot finish with no oak. A sweet riesling pleaser with pure fruit and honey notes.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV  Moscato
85 points
$6.99
Straw green color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of pears and apricots in syrup, fondant, honeysuckle, white elderflower, and lime sherbet with a satiny, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length apple taffy finish with no oak. A fruity summer crusher.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot NV Sweet Red Blend California
85 points
$6.99
Bright light ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry granita, vanilla cream, lilac, and ripe plum with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length pineapple upside down cake finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty dessert-like wine packed with raspberry flavor.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot NV Red Moscato California
84 points
$6.99
Siam color. Aromas of Montmorency cherry, vinyl, berry Sno cone, and red sports drink with a satiny, bright, sweet medium body and a smooth, brisk raspberry Jell-O finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A candied quaffer for daytime sipping.
84 points $6.99
Barefoot NV Pink Moscato California
83 points
$6.99
Pale coral orange color. Boozy aromas and flavors of nectarine, lemon lime soda, and jasmine with a supple, soft, moderately sweet light body and a brief pear skins finish with no oak. An effortless quaffer with rosy hue.
83 points $6.99
Bordeleau 2014 Ice Vidal Blanc Maryland
83 points
$20
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey-nut cereal, dried apricot, almond milk, and apple compote with a satiny, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy granola finish. An interesting, grainy take on ice wine.
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