Full Review

Parallel 44

Parallel 44
2016 Estate Ice Wine, Wisconsin Ledge

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: 14.5%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$55
Cellar Selection

Parallel 44
2016 Estate Ice Wine, Wisconsin Ledge

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.5% RS: 14.5%
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of golden raisins, dried apricots, butter roasted nuts, and kidd leather with a tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and an interesting, long finish conveying notes of caramelized green apples and citrus and honeyed spiced peaches. A great American ice wine that drinks like a fine Austrian or German riesling eiswein.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Crisp & Lively & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: golden raisins, dried apricots, butter roasted nuts, and kidd leather
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of caramelized green apples and citrus and honeyed spiced peaches
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Duck Paté, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A great American ice wine that drinks like a fine Austrian or German riesling eiswein.

The Producer

Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery

The Producer
N2185 Sleepy Hollow Rd
Kewaunee, WI 54216
USA
1 920-388-4400

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.