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Pollak Vineyards

Pollak Vineyards
2016 Mille Fleurs Dessert Wine, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 16.5% RS: 11%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$30

Pollak Vineyards
2016 Mille Fleurs Dessert Wine, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 16.5% RS: 11%
Yellow straw color. Aromas of poached apple, honey-nut cereal, caramelized pineapple, and flint with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length apricots on almond nougat, cinnamon, minerals, smoked heather, and cola finish. A captivating dessert wine with a flinty edge.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: poached apple, honey-nut cereal, caramelized pineapple, and flint
Taste Flavor: apricots on almond nougat, cinnamon, minerals, smoked heather, and cola
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A captivating dessert wine with a flinty edge.

The Producer

Pollak Vineyards

The Producer
330 Newtown Rd
Greenwood, VA 22943
USA
1 540-456-8844

Their Portfolio

89 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Meritage Estate, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate, Merlot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
81 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Petit Verdot, Monticello 14% (USA) $30.00.
92 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
83 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate, Petit Verdot, Monticello 14% (USA) $30.00.
84 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
87 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
86 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
84 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Viognier, Monticello 14% (USA) $26.00.
80 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Rosé, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
87 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Reserve, Merlot, Monticello 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
92 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
86 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
94 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown Reserve, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Mille Fleurs Dessert Wine, Monticello 16.5% (USA) $30.00.

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.