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Los Ranchos Winery

Los Ranchos Winery
2015 Moscato, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.6% RS: 8%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$17

Los Ranchos Winery
2015 Moscato, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.6% RS: 8%
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Funky, earthy, leesy aromas and flavors of wet earth, nutshells, peach pit, and matchstick with a silky, soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, easy finish that exhibits notes of citrus oil, bruised yellow apple, and spiced melon and nectarine with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A light and easy dessert wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: wet earth, nutshells, peach pit, and matchstick
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of citrus oil, bruised yellow apple, and spiced melon and nectarine
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now
Recipes Pairing: Vanilla Gelato, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A light and easy dessert wine.

The Producer

Los Ranchos Winery

The Producer
6829 Fourth St, NW
Los Ranchos, NM 87107
USA
1 505-934-0665

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.