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Quady

Quady
2016 Essensia Dessert Wine, Orange Muscat, California

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15% RS: 17.4%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24.99

Quady
2016 Essensia Dessert Wine, Orange Muscat, California

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15% RS: 17.4%
Light amber color. Aromas of dried apricot, honeysuckle, toasted crumpet with orange marmalade, and jasmine with a glycerous, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length peaches in syrup and stroopwafel finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A caramelly dessert wine with lots of heady fruit.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: dried apricot, honeysuckle, toasted crumpet with orange marmalade, and jasmine
Taste Flavor: peaches in syrup and stroopwafel
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Mixed Nut Tart, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A caramelly dessert wine with lots of heady fruit.

The Producer

Quady Winery

The Producer
13181 Rd 24
Madera, CA 93637
USA
1 559-673-8068

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.