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August 2019 - US Sweet, Dessert, Fortified, Late Harvest & Fruit Wines

August 2019 - US Sweet, Dessert, Fortified, Late Harvest & Fruit Wines
This month's Wine feature is US Sweet, Dessert, Fortified, Late Harvest & Fruit Wines

US Sweet, Dessert, Fortified, Late Harvest & Fruit Wines Reviews

Ferrante 2016 Ice Wine Vidal Blanc
94 points
$29.99
Gold color. Aromas of lychee, ripe cantaloupe, golden raspberry, fresh grated ginger, peach candies, and honeycomb with a thick, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long roasted nuts and sesame seed candy finish. Bright aromas of exotic fruit beacon to a glass of this fantastic ice wine from Ohio.
94 points $29.99
Anthony Lee’s NV Raspberry Spirit Fortified Wine Maine
93 points
$11
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berry sauce on buttered pancakes and rocky road ice cream with an tangy, sweet medium-to-full body and an interesting, long finish with accents of black raspberry jam and nougat with a suggestion of oak flavor. A pure and decadent berry forward fortified wine with great flavor and structure.
Grande River Vineyards NV Ruby Port Grand Valley
92 points
$24.99
Deep purple color. Jammy aromas of palo santo, licorice, blueberry, and macerated strawberries with a velvety, lively, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long chocolate biscuit, raisin, cinnamon, cumin, peppermint, and chocolate mousse finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Spice reigns is the distinctive Port-style wine with a symphonic, traveling finish.
92 points $24.99
Anthony Lee’s NV Raspberry Wine Maine
91 points
$14
Indigo color. Interesting aromas and flavors of blackberry and currant, prune, and vanilla yogurt nuts with a satiny, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish imparting notes of chokecherry puree and black raspberry sorbet with no oak flavor. A rich and rewarding, super concentrated berry lover’s dream; pour on ice cream.
Frost Bitten 2018 Ice Wine Riesling
90 points
$14
Brilliant old gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried apricot, candied pineapple, baked pear, beeswax, allspice, and magnolia with a round, lively, very sweet medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of lychees and peaches in syrup with no oak flavor. A juicy, singing ice wine that will have you coming back for more.
One Nation NV Passion American
89 points
$9.99
Gold color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of warm strawberry pie filling and passionfruit custard tart with a silky, tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-long finish with impressions of kiwi and clementine relish and delicate spiced nuts. A wonderfully tropical and mouthwatering sweet fruit wine that delivers the yummy goods.
89 points $9.99
Narmada Winery 2018 Legacy Just Smile Flavored Dessert Wine Virginia
89 points
$27
Old gold color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of peach and lilac blossoms, dried apricot, and orange pekoe tea with a supple, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of apple sauce and blood orange sorbet with a suggestion of oak flavor. An artfully crafted flavored wine that will be very versatile.
One Nation NV Pink American
88 points
$9.99
Silvery amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced peach, strawberry jam on sourdough toast, and bit of apple cider with a silky, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish imparting nuances of strawberry fruit roll up and pecan sultana tart. A pleasant and pleasurable pink sweet wine perfect for picnics.
88 points $9.99
Narmada Winery 2009 Allure Port-Style Wine Virginia
88 points
$69
Dark brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of canelé pastry, cinnamon tart, cocoa powder, cola, green pepper, and rum macerated strawberry with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish with notes of Nutella. A nicely structured fortified wine; its distinctive character will shine with blue cheeses.
Grande River Vineyards NV Sweet Red Blend Grand Valley
87 points
$15.99
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of warm strawberry compote and buttery chocolate nut brownie with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, stimulating, cheery finish. A fun berry-forward red.
87 points $15.99
One Nation NV Pink Lemonade American
86 points
$9.99
Topaz gray color. Curious aromas and flavors of dried lavender and lemon and spiced rhubarb with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet light body and a swift finish revealing accents of lemon verbena and moss with no oak flavor. A boldly earthy and herbal sweet wine best with cheeses.
86 points $9.99
Bordeleau 2008 Vintage Red Fortified Wine Maryland
86 points
$24
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of root beer, belgian waffle, vanilla gelato, toasted hazelnut, and chocolate-dipped candied orange peel with a velvety, bright, sweet medium body and a smooth, crisp finish with moderate oak flavor. A sweet and smooth after-dinner wine that offers rich flavors and velvety texture.
Point of the Bluff Vineyards 2017  Riesling
86 points
$80
Old gold color. Aromas of dried pineapple, mango candies, and slate with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, rapid honeyed pear, turkish delight, and rose petals finish with no oak flavor. A pleasing ice wine with luscious fruit.
One Nation NV Blue American
84 points
$14.99
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of applied strawberry lip balm, melon rind and aloe, cherry yogurt, and nougat with a crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a perplexing, medium-length finish with impressions of honeyed citrus peel, fig, and fallen fruit with no oak flavor. A curious, wild and wooly fortified wine that will be best with artisan cheeses.
84 points $14.99
Grande River Vineyards 2014 Late Harvest Viognier
84 points
$20.99
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of cappuccino with cocoa, toasty baklava, and dried peach and persimmon with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, compelling, short-to-medium finish manifesting notes of golden raisin compote and almond and hazelnut oil. A nicely balanced and not too sweet dessert offering that will excel with cheese and nut platters.
84 points $20.99
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