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Alara Cellars

Alara Cellars
2016 Late Harvest, Viognier, San Benito County

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Late Harvest

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 16.92% RS: 10%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$49

Alara Cellars
2016 Late Harvest, Viognier, San Benito County

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Late Harvest

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 16.92% RS: 10%
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.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: honey drizzled toasted challah, grilled peach, ripe papaya, and sultanas
Taste Flavor: corn bread, vanilla fondant, pumpkin spice loaf, and pink peppercorns
Sweetness Sweetness: Very Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Mixed Nut Tart, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very toasty, rich dessert wine to pair with baked desserts or nutty pastries.

The Producer

Alara Cellars

The Producer
6500 Brem Lane
Gilroy, CA 95020
USA
1 -(408) 834-8828

Late Harvest

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Serve in a Copita
Late harvest refers to a sweet dessert wine produced from grapes picked at a later date than normal, anywhere from a week to several months. While this can refer to any type of wine, it is generally used to describe white wines such as Riesling or Gewurztraminer that are harvested late to acquire extra natural sugar, resulting in a sweeter wine. These sweeter wines are often golden or deep yellow in color with flavors of honey, caramel and ripe apricot; these are to be served with desserts such as almond or pear tart or with foie gras or blue cheeses.