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Whitewater Hill Vineyards

Whitewater Hill Vineyards
NV Ruby Classico IV, Grand Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chocolate Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 19.2% RS: 7.0%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18

Whitewater Hill Vineyards
NV Ruby Classico IV, Grand Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chocolate Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 19.2% RS: 7.0%
Black garnet color. Aromas of prunes, orange zest, moist tobacco, and rose petals with a slightly chewy, crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length black pepper, ginger, and chocolate finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A peppy, spicy dessert wine with with plenty of style.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: prunes, orange zest, moist tobacco, and rose petals
Taste Flavor: black pepper, ginger, and chocolate
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Box Of Chocolates, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A peppy, spicy dessert wine with with plenty of style.

The Producer

Whitewater Hill Vineyards

The Producer
220 32 Rd
Grand Junction, CO 81503
USA
1 970-434-6868

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.