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Grgich Hills

Grgich Hills
2016 Late Harvest Dessert Wine, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Late Harvest

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: 15%
Organically Grown Grapes
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$85
Cellar Selection

Grgich Hills
2016 Late Harvest Dessert Wine, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Late Harvest

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1% RS: 15%
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of golden raisin, honeyed dried apricot, toasty meringue and baklava, and lychee and honeysuckle with a glycerous, vibrant, sweet medium-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long finish with overtones of apple pie, peach cobbler, and mandarin oranges in syrup with fine, silky, fruit tannins. A superb, unctuous dessert wine that can hold its own with the finest German ausleses and Canadian ice wines.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: golden raisin, honeyed dried apricot, toasty meringue and baklava, and lychee and honeysuckle
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of apple pie, peach cobbler, and mandarin oranges in syrup
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Panna Cotta, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A superb, unctuous auslese-like dessert wine that can hold its own with the finest German ausleses and Canadian ice wines.

The Producer

Grgich Hills Estate

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

Late Harvest

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Late harvest refers to a sweet dessert wine produced from grapes picked at a later date than normal, anywhere from a week to several months. While this can refer to any type of wine, it is generally used to describe white wines such as Riesling or Gewurztraminer that are harvested late to acquire extra natural sugar, resulting in a sweeter wine. These sweeter wines are often golden or deep yellow in color with flavors of honey, caramel and ripe apricot; these are to be served with desserts such as almond or pear tart or with foie gras or blue cheeses.