January 2019 - Sweet, Dessert & Fortified

January 2019 - Sweet, Dessert & Fortified
This month's Wine feature is Sweet, Dessert & Fortified Wines

Sweet, Dessert & Fortified Reviews

Leyenda NV Pedro Ximenez Sherry Jerez de la Frontera
93 points
$18.99
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of mashed raisins and prunes and chocolate nuts with a bright, sweet medium-full body and a subtle, long finish that presents notes of fig paste, mincemeat pie, and baklava with no oak flavor. A rich and toothsome PX Sherry with great length and depth.
93 points $18.99
Pend d’Oreille 2008 Oui! Red Dessert Wine Washington
93 points
$25
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of tiramisu, maple-fudge, cherry candies, and black pepper with a round, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, layered, long finish with suggestions of baked Washington apple with blackberry jam, tamarind chutney, chocolate dipped black licorice, and dates with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. Lively acidity and peppery nuance make this a craveable dessert wine to share.
Tom Eddy 2010 Old Vine Dessert Wine Zinfandel
93 points
$75
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas of raspberry, chocolate graham cracker crust, dried figs and raisins, and cinnamon babka with a round, lively, sweet medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length chocolate silk, espresso crema, and caramel finish with no oak flavor. A lip smacking late-harvest zinfandel that will be a decadent after-dinner cheese pairing.
Ferraris 2017 Dulcis in Fundo Malvasia di Casorzo
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Siam color. Perfumed aromas of ripe wild strawberry, orange zest, and magnolia with a round, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length huckleberries in creme finish with no oak flavor. A very friendly and juicy sweet red spritzer that will be a divine alternative to Lambrusco or Brachetto.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Peachy Canyon NV Port Zinfandel
92 points
$32
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas of molasses-drizzled dates, dried figs, ground pepper, and tobacco with a round, lively, very sweet medium body and a peppery, elegant, long flourless chocolate cake, caramel latte, red licorice, orange marmalade, vanilla fudge, and candied nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. An absolutely delicious companion to blue cheese or chocolates.
Cline 2016 Late Harvest Mourvedre
92 points
$36
Deep purple color. Minty aromas and flavors of chocolate mint cookie and blueberry cobbler a la mode with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a graceful, captivating, long finish that shows notes of alpine mint, berry pie filling, and eucalyptus honey with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A lovely, spicy, minty red dessert wine that will turn heads.
Samson Estates NV Delilah Blueberry Wine Puget Sound
91 points
$12
Light siam color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum, orange salt water taffy, cinnamon, sweet pea blossom, and eucalyptus with a supple, bright, fruity light body and a silky, appealing, breezy finish evoking notes of honey and wild berries with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delicate and perfumed fruit wine that will be a really lovely afternoon libation.
Samson Estates NV Framboise Raspberry Dessert Wine Puget Sound
91 points
$15
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of fresh crushed and baked raspberries and hint of cacao nib with an bright, sweet full body and a refreshing, medium-long finish evoking suggestions of honeyed dried berries and dates, nuts, and hint of peppery brandy with fine, chewy, fruit tannins. A rather serious, concentrated and liqueur-like raspberry wine that will be great in kirs.
Alara Cellars 2016 Late Harvest Viognier
91 points
$49
Bright gold color. Interesting aromas of honey drizzled toasted challah, grilled peach, ripe papaya, and sultanas with a round, bright, very sweet medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long corn bread, vanilla fondant, pumpkin spice loaf, and pink peppercorns finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very toasty, rich dessert wine to pair with baked desserts or nutty pastries.
Fazeli Cellars 2013 Rumi Cinsault
91 points
$95
Brown brick red color. Aromas of cocoa powder, flourless chocolate cake, soy-glazed walnuts, and rosemary baguette with a creamy, crisp, very sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dried figs and dates, tiramisu, mint tea with cream, and toffee-covered nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. A delicious offering to extend the meal; will be a decadent treat with cheese.
Easley NV Reggae Margarita
90 points
$6.99
Silvery straw color. Aromas of lime and herb relish, lemongrass, and sour mix with a vibrant, sweet medium body and a captivating, medium-length candied yams and apples and lime sorbet finish. A very convincing and tasty wine based margarita, salud.
90 points $6.99
Gina NV Casa Rossa Sweet Red Italy
90 points
$12.99
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry creme brulee, cherry soda float, and strawberry jam on brioche with a tangy, moderately sweet medium body and a complex, medium-long finish that shows notes of orange-peach sorbet, pomegranate chutney, and macadamia toffee with dusty, fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A fun and flavor-packed ride with balanced sweetness, acidity and varietal character.
90 points $12.99
Samson Estates NV BLU Blueberry Dessert Wine Puget Sound
90 points
$16
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of spicy blueberry chutney and cinnamon candy with a bright, moderately sweet medium body and an intriguing, medium-long finish that shows accents of plum custard tart and brown spice tea with well-integrated, dusty tannins. A plush, spicy dessert wine with lots of purity and personality.
Quady 2016 Essensia Dessert Wine Orange Muscat
90 points
$24.99
Light amber color. Aromas of dried apricot, honeysuckle, toasted crumpet with orange marmalade, and jasmine with a glycerous, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length peaches in syrup and stroopwafel finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A caramelly dessert wine with lots of heady fruit.
90 points $24.99
Falkner 2015 Field Blend Port South Coast
90 points
$39.95
Brown brick red color. Aromas of dried figs and strawberries, quince paste, and persimmon with a slightly chewy, lively, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long spiced apple and toffee finish with moderate oak flavor. An excellently balanced Port-style wine that will be divine with cheese.
90 points $39.95
Easley NV Reggae Red
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Fruity aromas of grape jelly, jasmine, and peach skin with a velvety, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a medium-length strawberry fruit snacks finish. A juicy, grapey wine with an all-American attitude; drink ice cold with spicy, rustic American meals.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Easley NV Sweet Tulip Red
88 points
$6.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red grape pie and grape juice with a bright, moderately sweet medium body and a breezy finish with overtones of fresh whipped cream with no oak flavor. A tasty, grape-y dessert wine.
88 points $6.99
Gina NV  Moscato
88 points
$17.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed toasted soda bread and apple soufflé with a bright, petillant, moderately sweet medium body and a medium-length finish with notes of peach sorbet and sultanas with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice zippy dessert wine with sense of place.
88 points $17.99
Luisi 2017  Moscato dAsti DOCG
88 points
$17.99
Pale straw color. Perfumed aromas of lime, gardenia, and quince with a supple, crisp, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length honeycomb, bee pollen, and apricot nectar finish with no oak flavor. A perfumed moscato with bright notes of gardenia; a very attractive sparkler for the dessert course.
88 points $17.99
Quady NV Starboard Batch 88 Port California
88 points
$24.99
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of pickled watermelon rind, cigar box, menthol, and spiced cherry preserve with a silky, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, swift chocolate Twizzlers, anise, and fudge finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy-drinking port style wine for everyday indulgences.
88 points $24.99
Jacuzzi 2015 Late Harvest Aleatico
88 points
$35
Brown brick red color. Fruity, minty aromas of mincemeat pie, vanilla peppermint bark, and cashew nougat with a supple, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length goji berry and craisin, eucalyptus honeycomb, nut skin, and pepper dust finish with dusty, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A nice mature red dessert wine for cheeses and sweets.
New Age NV White Dessert Wine Mendoza
87 points
$12.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of floral talc, vanilla nougat, and apple and melon sherbet with a vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of blood orange, green apple, and lilac water. A crisp and dainty sweet wine that’s not too sweet.
87 points $12.99
Gina NV Dark Red Flavored Wine Italy
87 points
$17.99
Straw color. Herbal aromas of blackberries, eucalyptus, peppermint, and marjoram with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, stimulating, breezy green apple and concord grape finish with no oak flavor. An herbal quaffer akin to sparkling shiraz.
87 points $17.99
Gina NV Tropical Passion Fruit Moscato Italy
87 points
$17.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of sweet white peach, cantaloupe, diced apple, and wild lemon with a satiny, vibrant, very sweet light body and a smooth, buoyant finish conveying accents of white peach with no oak flavor. A poolside refresher with packed with fruit flavor.
87 points $17.99
Romariz NV Reserva Latina Tawny Port Douro
87 points
$18.99
Brick red color. Fruity aromas of dried pineapple with coconut, sultanas, honey roasted macadamia, marigold, and fondant with a satiny, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length molasses, tobacco, constant comment tea, black pepper, and ginger finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A tasty port fit for after dinner sips or cocktail creation.
87 points $18.99
Quady 2016 Elysium Muscat
87 points
$24.99
Light ruby color. Aromas of fruit punch, elderflower, flamed orange peel, baking chocolate, and honey with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet light body and a sleek, brisk blood orange and caramel finish. A sangria-like, juicy-sweet wine that will be great on ice.
87 points $24.99
Narmada Winery NV Primita Flavored Dessert Wine
87 points
$25
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of crusty black raspberry pie a la mode and hint of chocolate espresso bean with an vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-long finish with shades of dried berries and cherries, gum Arabic, and honey roasted nuts with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. A round and chewy berry flavored wine that will shine with desserts.
Narmada Winery 2009 Allure Dessert Wine Virginia
87 points
$36
Indigo color. Grassy aromas and flavors of carob bar, dried berries, dried tarragon, and tomato vine with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and an odd, breezy finish with notes of nutskin, cranberry relish, potting soil, and coffee cherries with dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A earthy,bright and tannic dessert wine for cheeses; give this a bit of time to blossom.
Easley NV Reggae White
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Sweet, floral aromas of honeysuckle, delicate apricot, and yuzu with a supple, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, crisp ripe pear and mulling spices finish. A sweet and juicy wine with a delicate floral appeal.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Easley NV Sweet Tulip Off-Dry Moscato
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh peach, ripe honeydew, and pineapple with a satiny, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and an even, crisp finish with no oak flavor. A fruit basket of flavors make this off-dry moscato a real crowd-pleaser.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Easley NV Cranberry Jubilee
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Coral orange color. Aromas of honeyed tangelo, underripe peach, fuji apple, and candied pineapple with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light body and an effortless, breezy papaya and peppermint finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A plush fruit wine; serve ice cold.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Tropical NV Passion Fruit Moscato Italy
86 points
$17.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas of peach cooler, orange blossom and grapefruit with a satiny, vibrant, very sweet medium body and a tingling, scant sour candies, melon, and sweet pear finish. A fruit basket of flavor in a zingy sparkling wine.
86 points $17.99
Riebeek Cellars NV Cape Ruby Fortified Wine Swartland
86 points
$22
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of grilled berries and citrus, honey charred nuts, and flint with an crisp, moderately sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-long finish with notes of blackberries, lime Pez candy, and nut skin with a suggestion of oak flavor. An intriguing, smoky fortified wine that will make a clever cocktail modifier.
Easley NV Reggae Blush
85 points
$6.99
Pink coral color. Aromas of flint and fruit cocktail in a plastic cup with a silky, bright, moderately sweet light body and a graceful, brisk tart mango finish with no oak flavor. A fun and fruity sweet quaffer.
85 points $6.99
San Antonio NV Granada Tropical Sweet Pink Flavored Wine California
85 points
$10
Pale orange salmon color. Aromas of fruit punch and cotton candy with a supple, vibrant, cloying medium body and a sleek, sparse candied strawberry finish with no oak flavor. A candy-sweet wine cocktail to get the party going; serve ice cold.
The Winery at Marjim Manor NV Cranberry Crescendo Wine
85 points
$13.95
Reddish orange color. Aromas of washed rind cheese with a lightly tannic, dry light body and an effortless, breezy cranberry, underripe plum, and Italian aperitivo finish with fruit tannins. A dry and tart fruit wine that will be a lovely cocktail ingredient; try in a spritz
85 points $13.95
Tropical NV Mango Moscato Italy
85 points
$17.99
Straw color. Aromas of baked apricot and peach liqueur with a silky, bright, effervescent, sweet light body and a smooth, brisk iced tea finish with no oak flavor. A candied sparkler that ill make you feel just peachy.
85 points $17.99
Chateau Gravas 2015  Sauternes
85 points
$39.95
Straw green color. Aromas of royal jelly, underripe apricot, and apple jelly with a velvety, bright, sweet medium body and a polished, relaxed honeyed Maria cookies, pear compote, and almond biscotti finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An approachable youthful Sauternes for blue cheese.
85 points $39.95
Easley NV Sweet Barrel White
84 points
$7.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted peaches, herbal sandalwood soap, and apple soda with a crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a swift finish with notes of spiced apples and nutskin with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins. Fun, lightly herbal apple-ly desert wine; try with spicy ham dishes.
84 points $7.99
Easley NV Reggae Sangria
84 points
$10
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced wild berries and hint of spic n’ span with a bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a breezy finish manifesting suggestions of tropical fruit punch and grape popsicle with no oak flavor. A sweet and spicy, easy drinking sangria; serve with ice.
San Antonio NV Cardinale Sweet Red Dessert Wine California
84 points
$10
Brilliant violet color. Aroma and flavors of grape soda with a satiny, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, short finish evoking accents of key lime custard and dried sour cherry with well-integrated tannins. A grapey libation with lots of sugary-sweet appeal.
Quady 2017 Electra Moscato
84 points
$14.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of honey, lychee, cream soda, and pound cake with a supple, soft, sweet medium body and an even, carefree lemonade, pineapple and elderflower finish with no oak flavor. A sweet wine for daytime sipping; serve well-chilled.
84 points $14.99
Narmada Winery NV Legacy Just Smile Flavored Dessert Wine
84 points
$27
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lychee, roasted peach, and pencil with a bright, moderately sweet medium body and a buoyant finish evoking shades of meringue and hint of gum with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A pleasant fruit flavored wine for backyard soirees.
Easley NV Sweet Tulip Pink Moscato American
83 points
$6.99
Light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of basket of cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and thistles and cattails with a soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a fast finish with notes of apple skin and hint of bubblegum. A pleasant, easy drinking dessert wine.
83 points $6.99
Easley NV Sweel Barrel Red
83 points
$7.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry sorbet, baked craisins, and pickled melon rind with a shy, sweet light-to-medium body and a snappy finish with nuances of cherry taffy and pit, whipped cream with nuts, and flat strawberry soda with dusty tannins. A pleasant cherry berry dessert wine; try in cocktails, like sangria.
83 points $7.99
San Antonio NV Imperial Semi-Sweet Red Dessert Wine California
83 points
$10
Brilliant ruby black color. Fruity aroma of grape pie with a supple, bright, sweet light body and a brief no. 2 pencil finish with silky tannins. An easy quaffer for sweet-tooths.
Samson Estates NV Delilah Blackberry Wine Puget Sound
83 points
$12
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of wrapped cherry wine gums and ripe kiwi with a lightly tannic, bright, bittersweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of plum stone with chewy, fruit tannins. A quaffable fruit wine with a rustic appeal.
Quady 2017 Red Electra Moscato California
83 points
$14.99
Bright violet color. Candied aromas and flavors of pear fruit cup and wrapped cherry candies with a lean, bright, sweet light body and a smooth, short finish with no oak flavor. A fruity quaffer to serve on ice.
83 points $14.99
Vino dei Fratelli 2017  Moscato dAsti
83 points
$17.99
Golden straw color. Aroma of lemonade with a glycerous, soft, petillant, very sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk lemon, fondant, and nougat finish with no oak flavor. A very sweet moscato; uncomplicated and citrusy.
83 points $17.99
San Antonio NV Villadoro Moscato California
81 points
$10
Straw color. Aromas of vanilla sugar, white flowers, honey, and lemon curd with a supple, bright, moderately sweet light body and a peppery, brief finish with no oak flavor. A sweet quaffer to serve ice cold.
Penns Woods 2017  Moscato
81 points
$24
Silvery straw color. Aromas of lime blossom, omelet, tinned peach, and fondant with a soft, petillant, very sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, short lime spritz finish with no oak flavor. A sweet summer crusher.
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