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Northern Natural

Northern Natural
2012 Riesling, Michigan

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: >5%%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$12
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Northern Natural
2012 Riesling, Michigan

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: >5%%
Straw color. Aromas of diesel, dandelions, honeyed pears, and lychee with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, rapid tangerine candies and tropical fruit tart finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A tropical dessert wine with a rustic appeal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: diesel, dandelions, honeyed pears, and lychee
Taste Flavor: tangerine candies and tropical fruit tart
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pear Charlotte, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tropical dessert wine with a rustic appeal.

The Producer

Northern Natural Winery & Cider House

The Producer
7220 Chief Rd.
Kaleva, MI 49645
USA
1 231-889-0064

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.