Full Review

Armstrong Valley Winery

Armstrong Valley Winery
NV Semi-Sweet, Pinot Gris, Pennsylvania

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: 7%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$16

Armstrong Valley Winery
NV Semi-Sweet, Pinot Gris, Pennsylvania

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: 7%
Bright salmon orange color. Smoky aromas and flavors of grilled peach and lemon, char-roasted nuts, scorched earth and bbq woods, and lit match with a supple, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, intriguing, breezy finish with overtones of spiced orange, quince and melon with crunchy, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An interesting smoky dessert wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity & Savory
Aroma Aroma: grilled peach and lemon, char-roasted nuts, scorched earth and bbq woods, and lit match
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of spiced orange, quince and melon
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Stilton, Berry Cobbler, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An interesting smoky dessert wine.

The Producer

Armstrong Valley Vineyard & Winery

The Producer
212 Rutter Rd
Halifax, PA 17032
USA
1 717-896-7700

Dessert Wine

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Serve in a Copita
A dessert wine is just that, a wine made strictly to pair with desserts at the end of a meal. Dessert wines are sweet wines; while many are naturally sweet, some are sweetned through the addition of grape must.

Famous dessert wines include Sauternes from France’s Bordeaux region, Rutherglen Muscat from Australia and vendages tardives (“late picked”) from France’s Alsace region. Germany also produces many famous dessert wines, ranging from Spatlese to Eiswein (made from frozen grapes).

Dessert wines from Italy include Vin Santo, Recioto di Soave and Recioto di Valpolicella. While some dessert wines have alcohol in the 12-14% range, others such as Moscato d’Asti from Piedmont in northern Italy are very low in alcohol (5.5%).

Dessert wines can accompany certain specific foods, especially cakes, almond tortes and fruit tarts; however, Sauternes and foie gras is a classic pairing.

While some lighter dessert wines such as Moscato d’Asti or Brachetto d’Acqui are meant for consumption upon release, others such as Sauternes or Auslese from Germany can age for decades, thanks to their high natural sugar concentration.