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Black Willow Winery

Black Willow Winery
2015 Classic Diamond White Dessert Wine, New York State

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: 5.3%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12.95
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Black Willow Winery
2015 Classic Diamond White Dessert Wine, New York State

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: 5.3%
Light emerald straw color. Aromas of elderflower, solvent, and cherry pits with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and a medium-length globe grapes and fresh fennel finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting dessert wine with with a powerful nose.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Funky
Aroma Aroma: elderflower, solvent, and cherry pits
Taste Flavor: globe grapes and fresh fennel
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An interesting dessert wine with with a powerful nose.

The Producer

Black Willow Winery

The Producer
5565 W Lake Rd
Burt, NY 14028
USA
1 716-439-1982

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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.