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Tom Eddy

Tom Eddy
2010 Old Vine Dessert Wine, Zinfandel, Sierra Foothills

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 18.9% RS: 12.9%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$75

Tom Eddy
2010 Old Vine Dessert Wine, Zinfandel, Sierra Foothills

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 18.9% RS: 12.9%
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas of raspberry, chocolate graham cracker crust, dried figs and raisins, and cinnamon babka with a round, lively, sweet medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length chocolate silk, espresso crema, and caramel finish with no oak flavor. A lip smacking late-harvest zinfandel that will be a decadent after-dinner cheese pairing.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: raspberry, chocolate graham cracker crust, dried figs and raisins, and cinnamon babka
Taste Flavor: chocolate silk, espresso crema, and caramel
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Gorgonzola, Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lip smacking late-harvest zinfandel that will be a decadent after-dinner cheese pairing.

The Producer

Tom Eddy Winery, LLC

The Producer
3870 State Highway 128
Calistoga, CA 94515
USA
1 707-942-4267

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.