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Sophistocrats

Sophistocrats
2015 "Charlie", Vidal, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Fish

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: 9%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$9.99
Best Buy
'2016 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Dessert Wine $10 and Under'

Sophistocrats
2015 "Charlie", Vidal, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Fish

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: 9%
Pale straw green color. Earthy, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of baked peaches and apples, lemon blossoms, and lanolin lotion and soap with a silky, bright, petillant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of white grape, nectarine, and lime blossom honey with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A well balanced, refreshing dessert wine with nice floral, earthy undertones.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Non-Oaky & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: baked peaches and apples, lemon blossoms, and lanolin lotion and soap
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of white grape, nectarine, and lime blossom honey
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Catfish Pad Ped, Fish Tacos, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A well balanced, refreshing dessert wine with nice floral, earthy undertones.

The Producer

King Ferry Winery

The Producer
658 Lake Rd
King Ferry, NY 13081
USA
1 315-364-5100

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.