Full Review

Lakewood

Lakewood
2015 Valvin Muscat, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.7% RS: 5.2%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$13
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Lakewood
2015 Valvin Muscat, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.7% RS: 5.2%
Pale emerald straw color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of potpourri, spiced peaches, oranges and banana, and ginger with a supple, crisp, petillant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-to-long finish that presents impressions of clementine and pear with no oak flavor. A nice fruity, lightly floral dessert wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: potpourri, spiced peaches, oranges and banana, and ginger
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of clementine and pear
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Soufflé, Strawberry Shortcake, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice fruity, lightly floral dessert wine.

The Producer

Lakewood Vineyards

The Producer
4024 State Rte 14
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
USA
1 607-535-9252

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.