Full Review

Hopkins Vineyard

Hopkins Vineyard
2014 Ice Wine, Western Connecticut Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.1% RS: 21%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$45

Hopkins Vineyard
2014 Ice Wine, Western Connecticut Highlands

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.1% RS: 21%
Clear golden yellow color. Fruity aromas and flavors of golden raisins, dried apricots, floral honey, and diesel with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a polished, subtle, very long finish with notes of peach cobbler, caramelized pineapple and mango, white toffee, and sweet cream with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A superb dessert wine with great flavor and length.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Rich & Full & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: golden raisins, dried apricots, floral honey, and diesel
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of peach cobbler, caramelized pineapple and mango, white toffee, and sweet cream
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Panna Cotta, Apple Pie a la Mode, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A superb dessert wine with great flavor and length.

The Producer

Hopkins Vineyard

The Producer
25 Hopkins Rd
New Preston, CT 06777
USA
1 860-868-7954

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.