Best Inexpensive Dessert Wine

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Frost Bitten
2015 Ice Wine Riesling
Golden straw color. Attractive, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of spicy peach compote, flan, and pineapple cake with a velvety, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, long candied apricot, mango sorbet, and acacia honey finish with no oak. A delicious, mouthwatering dessert wine rivaling some of America’s best at a price that is hard to beat.
96 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216880
Santo Stefano
NV Lambrusco Italy
Dusty garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of spiced peaches, plums, and apples, nougat, and grape skin with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length cherry compote and lime sorbet finish with fine tannins and no oak. A very toothsome and mouthwatering Lambrusco that will be quite versatile.
94 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216568
Salt of the Earth
2015 Moscato Rubino California
Bright medium ruby black color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy berry and cherry sorbets, strawberry rhubarb pie, and suede with a satiny, tangy, petillant, sweet medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, long apricot jam, peach soda, and candied citrus finish with fine tannins and no oak. A rich, concentrated dessert wine with great purity of fruit.
94 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216567
Salt of the Earth
2015 Flore de Moscato California
Bright golden yellow color. Fresh, floral aromas and flavors of spiced apricot sorbet, suede and wax, white nougat, and orange blossom with a satiny, tangy, spritzy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a complex, long lychee, candied violet, and spiced apple and pear finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A rich and mouthwatering dessert wine with great depth and acidity.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217103
Barefoot
NV Riesling
Straw green color. Floral, fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of lychee, oranges and peaches, apple-celery smoothie, and honeysuckle and jasmine with a silky, tangy, petillant, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-long dried apricot, Meyer lemon gelato, and floral honey finish with no oak. A zesty, mouthwatering dessert wine with great pure fruit flavors that will be great with Asian cuisine.
92 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216866
Stella Rosa
NV Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG
Light ruby color. Candied, buttery aromas of Werther’s caramel candy, maple fudge, and strawberry-cranberry sorbet with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length pomegranate chutney, herbal honeycomb, and flan finish. A sweet tangy sparkler with a nice herbal undertone.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Stella Rosa
NV Rosé Moscato
Silvery pink color. Delicate aromas and flavors of cranberries and cherries, melon sorbet, and hint of herbs with an lively, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, nuanced, long honeyed apple, orange sherbet, minerals, and spiced blueberry finish with no oak. A great sparkling moscato with lots of spicy, herbal complexity; try in cocktails.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217090
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Red Moscato
Bright garnet color. Fruity, grassy aromas and flavors of cranberry-orange relish, ripe berries, and with a slightly chewy, prickly, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A robust, tangy dessert wine with bucket loads of fruit.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217649
Bargetto
NV Chaucer's Raspberry Wine California
Brilliant light garnet color. Fresh, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of fresh and baked raspberries, smoked nuts, and hint of charcoal with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a sleek, appealing, long honeyed raspberries, pomegranate jam, and hint of tomato finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A sassy and pure raspberry wine for dessert, cheese or cocktails.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217113
Barefoot
NV Red Moscato
Bright dark garnet color. Fruity, funky aromas of cactus pear, red berries, gravel, and baked parchment with a chewy, lively, moderately sweet medium-full body and a tingling finish with papery tannins and no oak.
90 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab