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Ferrante

Ferrante
2016 Ice Wine, Vidal Blanc, Grand River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: 21.5%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29.99

Ferrante
2016 Ice Wine, Vidal Blanc, Grand River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: 21.5%
Gold color. Aromas of lychee, ripe cantaloupe, golden raspberry, fresh grated ginger, peach candies, and honeycomb with a thick, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long roasted nuts and sesame seed candy finish. Bright aromas of exotic fruit beacon to a glass of this fantastic ice wine from Ohio.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: lychee, ripe cantaloupe, golden raspberry, fresh grated ginger, peach candies, and honeycomb
Taste Flavor: roasted nuts and sesame seed candy
Sweetness Sweetness: Very Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peach Cobbler, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Bright aromas of exotic fruit beacon to a glass of this fantastic ice wine from Ohio.

The Producer

Ferrante Winery & Ristorante

The Producer
5585 State Rte 307 (N River Rd W)
Geneva, OH 44041
USA
1 440-466-8466

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.