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Casa Larga

Casa Larga
2013 Fiori Delle Stelle Estate Grown Ice Wine, Vidal Blanc, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.8% RS: 16.7%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$43.99

Casa Larga
2013 Fiori Delle Stelle Estate Grown Ice Wine, Vidal Blanc, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.8% RS: 16.7%
Brilliant bright gold color. Fruity, interesting aromas and flavors of apple-raisin yogurt, toasty nut brittle, and caramelized cheese rind with a supple, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish displaying nuances of dried peach and mango, yogurt nuts and apricots, and earth with crunchy tannins. A delightfully flavorful and complex dessert wine with a captivating earthy underbelly.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: apple-raisin yogurt, toasty nut brittle, and caramelized cheese rind
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of dried peach and mango, yogurt nuts and apricots, and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Warm Goat Cheese With Toasted Nuts, Pound Cake, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delightfully flavorful and complex dessert wine with a captivating earthy underbelly.

The Producer

Casa Larga Vineyards

The Producer
2287 Turk Hill Rd.
Fairport, NY 14450
USA
1 585-223-4210

Ice Wine

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Serve in a Copita
Ice Wine is a dessert wine that is made from frozen grapes that are harvested very late, anywhere from December to early March. At peak, these frozen grapes have at harvest, a water content in which 80% remains as frozen crystals. Fermentation takes months to complete.

Ice wine is made from white and red grapes, primarily Riesling as well as Vidal, while Cabernet Franc is the leading red variety. Most examples of ice wine are still, but there are also sparkling versions produced.

Canada is a major producer of Ice Wine, most notably in the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Residual sugar is quite high (about 150 grams per liter, similar to Sauternes from France), but since the acidity is usually high, ice wines do not taste overly sweet.

Ideal consumption time is from eight to ten years; these are best enjoyed on their own or with blue cheeses.