Full Review

Grgich Hills

Grgich Hills
2013 Violetta, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.3% RS: 15%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$85
Cellar Selection

Grgich Hills
2013 Violetta, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.3% RS: 15%
Bright gold color. Fruity, complex aromas and flavors of baked stone fruits, golden raisin nut toast, and caramelized pineapple with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, very long finish manifesting accents of nougat, golden plum preserves, and honey with no oak flavor. A great, richly flavorful dessert wine that will brilliantly conclude a fine meal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: baked stone fruits, golden raisin nut toast, and caramelized pineapple
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of nougat, golden plum preserves, and honey
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Creme Brulee, Baked Brie, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A great, richly flavorful dessert wine that will brilliantly conclude a fine meal.

The Producer

Grgich Hills Estate

The Producer
P.O Box 450
Rutherford, CA 94573
USA
1 707-963-2784

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.