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Hawk and Horse Vineyards

Hawk and Horse Vineyards
2011 "Latigo", Red Hills

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chocolate Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 19% RS: 13%
Demeter Certified Biodynamic ®, Certifed Organic, Organically Grown Grapes
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$50

Hawk and Horse Vineyards
2011 "Latigo", Red Hills

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chocolate Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 19% RS: 13%
Dark garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed nuts and cherries and dark chocolate cherry bon bon with a satiny, bright, sweet medium body and a smooth, carefree finish that shows notes of root beer float, brown spices, and cedar and nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A pleasant dessert wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: honeyed nuts and cherries and dark chocolate cherry bon bon
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of root beer float, brown spices, and cedar and nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Camembert, Chocolate Cake, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A pleasant dessert wine.

The Producer

Hawk and Horse Vineyards

The Producer
13048 Hwy 29
Calistoga, CA 94515
USA
1 707-942-4600

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.