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Pend d’Oreille

Pend d’Oreille
2008 Oui! Red Dessert Wine, Washington

Pair this wine with:
Chocolate Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 20% RS: 8%
Sustainability in Practice Certified
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$25

Pend d’Oreille
2008 Oui! Red Dessert Wine, Washington

Pair this wine with:
Chocolate Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 20% RS: 8%
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of tiramisu, maple-fudge, cherry candies, and black pepper with a round, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, layered, long finish with suggestions of baked Washington apple with blackberry jam, tamarind chutney, chocolate dipped black licorice, and dates with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. Lively acidity and peppery nuance make this a craveable dessert wine to share.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: tiramisu, maple-fudge, cherry candies, and black pepper
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of baked Washington apple with blackberry jam, tamarind chutney, chocolate dipped black licorice, and dates
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Mexican Chocolate with Peppers, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Lively acidity and peppery nuance make this a craveable dessert wine to share.

The Producer

Pend d'Oreille Winery

The Producer
301 Cedar Street Suite 101
Sandpoint, ID 83864
USA
1 208-265-8545

Dessert Wine

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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.