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Leonard Oakes

Leonard Oakes
2015 Reserve Ice Wine, Vidal Blanc, New York State

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 10% RS: 21.3%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$50

Leonard Oakes
2015 Reserve Ice Wine, Vidal Blanc, New York State

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 10% RS: 21.3%
Golden amber color. Aromas of dried apricot, honeycomb, light caramel, and dried mango with a round, crisp, very sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long fresh ripe peaches, sweet ginger, and lemon bar finish with silky tannins. A balanced and concentrated ice wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: dried apricot, honeycomb, light caramel, and dried mango
Taste Flavor: fresh ripe peaches, sweet ginger, and lemon bar
Sweetness Sweetness: Very Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Flan, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A balanced and concentrated ice wine.

The Producer

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery

The Producer
10609 Ridge Rd
Medina, NY 14103
USA
1 585-765-2046

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.