Full Review

City Winery

City Winery
NV Chazak Dessert Wine, California

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chocolate Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.51%
Certified Organic,Kosher
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$25
2017 Best US Dessert Wine

City Winery
NV Chazak Dessert Wine, California

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chocolate Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.51%
Black garnet color. Aromas of fruit cake, blackberry preserves, winter spices, toasted coconut, dark roasted almonds, and cocoa powder with a velvety, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long vanilla wafer cookies, rich chocolate covered black fruits, and French vanilla gelato finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and moderate oak. Fall in love with this rich port-style California wine that is perfect for cheese or after-dinner sipping.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: fruit cake, blackberry preserves, winter spices, toasted coconut, dark roasted almonds, and cocoa powder
Taste Flavor: vanilla wafer cookies, rich chocolate covered black fruits, and French vanilla gelato
Sweetness Sweetness: Very Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Blue Cheese, Chocolate Cake, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Fall in love with this rich port-style California wine that is perfect for cheese or after-dinner sipping.

The Producer

City Winery

The Producer
155 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
USA
1 212-608-0555

Their Portfolio

92 City Winery 2014 Scopus Vineyard, Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley 14.1% (USA) $28.00.
91 City Winery 2014 Scopus Vineyards, Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.1% (USA) $28.00.
93 City Winery 2013 Alder Springs Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $38.00.
91 City Winery 2013 Bien Nacido Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley 14.1% (USA) $38.00.
88 City Winery 2011 Alder Springs Vineyard Kosher, Syrah, Mendocino 14.3% (USA) $49.00.
90 City Winery 2015 "Soho-vignon Blanc" Windrem Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County 14.1% (USA) $18.00.
89 City Winery 2015 "Soho-vignon Blanc", Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County 14.1% (USA) $18.00.
91 City Winery 2012 Brut Nature Sparkling, North Fork of Long Island 12% (USA) $49.00.
88 City Winery 2012 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $36.00.
93 City Winery 2014 Haystack Peak Vineyards Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $36.00.
93 City Winery 2013 Bettinelli Vineyard Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $36.00.
84 City Winery 2015 Scopus Vineyard Reserve, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 14.1% (USA) $26.00.
90 City Winery 2015 Vin de Glaciere Uva Blanca Vineyard, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.9% (USA) $22.00.
89 City Winery 2012 Brut Nature, North Fork of Long Island 12% (USA) $49.00.
88 City Winery NV Chazak Red Dessert Wine 15.5% (USA) $25.00.
94 City Winery NV Chazak Dessert Wine, California 15.51% (USA) $25.00.
90 City Winery 2015 Vin de Glaciere Uva Blanca Vineyard, Riesling, Finger Lakes 11.9% (USA) $22.00.
91 City Winery 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $38.00.
90 City Winery 2016 Scopus Vineyard Reserve, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
93 City Winery 2016 Alder Springs Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
91 City Winery 2016 Hyland Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 12.8% (USA) $36.00.
87 City Winery 2017 Rooftop Rosé, Syrah, North Coast 12.5% (USA) $17.00.
87 City Winery 2016 Downtown Local Alder Springs Vineyard, Roussanne, Mendocino 14.2% (USA) $.00.
93 City Winery 2015 Alder Springs Vineyard Reserve, Syrah, Mendocino 14.1% (USA) $38.00.
92 City Winery 2017 Scopus Vineyard Reserve, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
92 Wiseman Cabernet 2012 Haystack Peak Vineyards Kosher Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.1% (USA) $36.00.

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.