Full Review

Maddalena

Maddalena
2014 Riesling, Monterey

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: 5.7%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$11
Best Buy
'2016 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Dessert Wine $15 and Under'

Maddalena
2014 Riesling, Monterey

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: 5.7%
Yellow straw color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of spiced apples and pears, nougat, lemon yogurt, and hint of rubber with a silky, tangy, petillant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, brisk finish revealing notes of honey peach and lime and peach-apple relish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. A crisp, refreshing sweet wine that will be great with cheeses and desserts.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: spiced apples and pears, nougat, lemon yogurt, and hint of rubber
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of honey peach and lime and peach-apple relish
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Camembert, Fig Tart, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A crisp, refreshing sweet wine that will be great with cheeses and desserts.

The Producer or Importer

Riboli Family Wine Estates

The Producer or  Importer
737 Lamar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
USA
1 323-330-8720

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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.