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Frost Bitten

Frost Bitten
2016 Ice Wine, Riesling, Yakima Valley

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: 18%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14
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Frost Bitten
2016 Ice Wine, Riesling, Yakima Valley

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: 18%
Bright golden yellow color. Inviting aromas of sweet peach pie, honeysuckle, lychee, and gingerbread with a glycerous, bright, very sweet medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length honey nougat, pears in syrup, white pepper, and cantaloupe finish. A fragrant and likable ice wine with great spice nuances sitting just below honeyed fruit.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: sweet peach pie, honeysuckle, lychee, and gingerbread
Taste Flavor: honey nougat, pears in syrup, white pepper, and cantaloupe
Sweetness Sweetness: Very Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Mixed Nut Tart, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fragrant and likable ice wine with great spice nuances sitting just below honeyed fruit.

The Producer or Importer

JZ Wine Company

The Producer or  Importer
141 Filly Lane
Northfield, OH 44067
USA
1 330-945-6668

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.