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Door 44

Door 44
2016 Cellar Door Dessert Wine, Frontenac, Wisconsin Ledge

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chocolate Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 18% RS: 9%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$21

Door 44
2016 Cellar Door Dessert Wine, Frontenac, Wisconsin Ledge

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chocolate Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 18% RS: 9%
Clear ruby color. Smoky aromas of milk chocolate with smoked sea salt, hazelnut praline, plastic wrapped wild berries, cherry candies, incense, and cinnamon-lemon tisane with honey with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, easy smoked meats, huckleberry preserves, molasses drizzled bacon, and black tea finish with soft, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A distinctive and fascinating smoky-sweet wine from Wisconsin Ledge for savory or sweet pairings; try with cigars.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: milk chocolate with smoked sea salt, hazelnut praline, plastic wrapped wild berries, cherry candies, incense, and cinnamon-lemon tisane with honey
Taste Flavor: smoked meats, huckleberry preserves, molasses drizzled bacon, and black tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Braciole, Chocolate Cake, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctive and fascinating smoky-sweet wine from Wisconsin Ledge for savory or sweet pairings; try with cigars.

The Producer

Door 44 Winery

The Producer
4020 Hwy 42157
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
USA
1 888-932-1562

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.