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Johnson Estate

Johnson Estate
2017 Estate Grown Pink Sweet Wine, Catawba, Lake Erie

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: 9%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$8.99
Best Buy
'2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Dessert Wine $10 and Under'

Johnson Estate
2017 Estate Grown Pink Sweet Wine, Catawba, Lake Erie

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: 9%
Ruby color. Aromas of musk, lemon gummies, grape soda, and cream soda with a round, vibrant, very sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long orange sherbet, peony petals, strawberry jelly, and saffron finish with no oak. A balanced and refreshing dessert wine that highlights classic Catawba character.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: musk, lemon gummies, grape soda, and cream soda
Taste Flavor: orange sherbet, peony petals, strawberry jelly, and saffron
Sweetness Sweetness: Very Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A balanced and refreshing dessert wine that highlights classic Catawba character.

The Producer

Johnson Estate Winery

The Producer
8419 W Rte 20
Westfield, NY 14787
USA
1 716-326-2191

Their Portfolio

90 Johnson Estate 2014 Freelings Creek Reserve Founder’s Red, Chancellor, New York State 12.5% (USA) $14.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2014 Estate Grown, Marechal Foch, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $9.99.
83 Johnson Estate 2014 Estate Grown, Seyval Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $9.99.
85 Johnson Estate 2013 Estate Grown, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $9.99.
88 Johnson Estate NV "Red Iprocras" Estate Grown, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
85 Johnson Estate NV "White Ipocras" Estate Grown, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
85 Johnson Estate 2013 Freelings Creek Reserve, Traminette, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.99.
82 Johnson Estate 2013 Freelings Creek Reserve, Chardonnay, New York State 12% (USA) $12.99.
81 Johnson Estate Estate Grown, Cream Sherry, Lake Erie 17% (USA) $18.99.
93 Johnson Estate "Maple" Estate Grown 21% (USA) $14.99.
81 Johnson Estate 2014 Estate Grown, Dry Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $12.99.
88 Johnson Estate 2014 Estate Grown, Traminette, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $12.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2014 Freelings Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon, New York State 13% (USA) $14.99.
84 Johnson Estate NV May Wine, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.99.
94 Johnson Estate NV May Carbonated White Wine, American 12% (USA) $15.00.
86 Johnson Estate NV Cherry Wine, American 21% (USA) $15.00.
86 Johnson Estate 2015 Founders’ Red Freelings Creek Reserve, New York State 13% (USA) $14.99.
84 Johnson Estate 2016 Ice Wine , Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $34.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.49.
89 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Semi-Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.49.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Sweet, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.49.
89 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Black Locust Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $18.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Traminette, Lake Erie 11.5% (USA) $13.49.
84 Johnson Estate 2016 Estate Grown, Seyval Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $9.99.
82 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Marechal Foch, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Founders’ Red Blend, New York State 13% (USA) $13.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Ruby Dry Rosé, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $12.99.
88 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Sweet Wine, Concord, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Pink Sweet Wine, Catawba, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
84 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Sweet Wine, Niagara, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
85 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, New York State 13% (USA) $15.99.
88 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Pinot Noir, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $15.99.
91 Johnson Estate 2017 Ice Wine, Chambourcin, Lake Erie 10.6% (USA) $35.99.

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.