Full Review

Cooper’s Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk
NV Ice Wine, American

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 17%
81 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$29.99

Cooper’s Hawk
NV Ice Wine, American

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 17%
Medium bright gold color. Aroma, quality aromas of dandelion, lemon balm and apricot, chamomile, and passionfruit and petrol with a watery body and a swift pecan finish with fruit tannins. An accessible ice wine with a pretty nose; try it on ice.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & juicy & smooth
Aroma Aroma: dandelion, lemon balm and apricot, chamomile, and passionfruit and petrol
Taste Flavor: pecan
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An accessible ice wine with a pretty nose; try it on ice.

The Producer

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

The Producer
15690 S. Harlem Ave.
Orland Park, IL 60462
USA
1 708-633-0200 ext.108

Ice Wine

Wine Glass Dessert.jpg
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.