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Grgich Hills

Grgich Hills
2014 Violetta Late Harvest Dessert Wine, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 14%
Organically Grown Grapes
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$85

Grgich Hills
2014 Violetta Late Harvest Dessert Wine, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 14%
Golden yellow color. Complex aromas of beeswax, petrol, yellow apple confection, lily, rose petal, stewed apricot, and golden raisin with a round, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, long caramelized lychee, nata de coco, coriander, ginger, grapefruit marmalade, and coconut sugar finish. A beautifully textured, concentrated and stylish dessert wine to show off to Sauternes-loving friends; feel free to cellar.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: beeswax, petrol, yellow apple confection, lily, rose petal, stewed apricot, and golden raisin
Taste Flavor: caramelized lychee, nata de coco, coriander, ginger, grapefruit marmalade, and coconut sugar
Sweetness Sweetness: Very Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Panna Cotta, Almond Cookies, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A beautifully textured, concentrated and stylish dessert wine to show off to Sauternes-loving friends; feel free to cellar.

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.