Full Review

White Pine

White Pine
NV Ice Wine Reserve, Lake Michigan Shore

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.4% RS: 22%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$29.99

White Pine
NV Ice Wine Reserve, Lake Michigan Shore

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.4% RS: 22%
Bright topaz color. Aromas of honey drizzled apricots, butter cookies, ripe watermelon, and cantaloupe with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-length tart peach tea finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins. A beautifully balanced dessert wine with grippy texture and explosive fruit flavor.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: honey drizzled apricots, butter cookies, ripe watermelon, and cantaloupe
Taste Flavor: tart peach tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Soufflé, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A beautifully balanced dessert wine with grippy texture and explosive fruit flavor.

The Producer

White Pine Winery

The Producer
317 State St
Saint Joseph, MI 49085
USA
1 269-281-0098

Ice Wine

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Serve in a Copita
Ice Wine is a dessert wine that is made from frozen grapes that are harvested very late, anywhere from December to early March. At peak, these frozen grapes have at harvest, a water content in which 80% remains as frozen crystals. Fermentation takes months to complete.

Ice wine is made from white and red grapes, primarily Riesling as well as Vidal, while Cabernet Franc is the leading red variety. Most examples of ice wine are still, but there are also sparkling versions produced.

Canada is a major producer of Ice Wine, most notably in the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Residual sugar is quite high (about 150 grams per liter, similar to Sauternes from France), but since the acidity is usually high, ice wines do not taste overly sweet.

Ideal consumption time is from eight to ten years; these are best enjoyed on their own or with blue cheeses.