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
221099
Salt of the Earth
2016 Flor de Moscato California
Light gold color. Sweet aromas and flavors of honeyed dried apricot, sultana, and suede with a silky, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, distinctive, long mandarin oranges and peach marmalade on cake finish with fine, fruit tannins. A delightful dessert wine with lovely layers of flavor.
93 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
222327
Paluzzi
2016 Moscato d'Asti
Light straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of peach phosphate, golden raisin chutney, and honeysuckle with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long honeyed dried apricot and wet limestone finish with no oak. A delicious and pure moscato d’Asti with excellent flavor, balance, and acidity.
92 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Barefoot Bubbly
NV Sweet Red Sparkling Dessert Wine California
Bright ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry and apple sauces, wild strawberry sorbet, and pannetone with a vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a complex, long spiced tangerines, kiwi, orange blossom water, and melon finish with crunchy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A racy, delicious sweet wine with great flavor, nuance and length.
92 points $9.99 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
221664
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Pink Moscato Sparkling Dessert Wine California
Brilliant coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of peach sorbet, orange blossom talc, and honeyed golden raisins with a tangy, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and a compelling, long dried apricot, tangerine sorbet, and honey crisp apple finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious fruity, tangy, sweet wine with great flavor and structure.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab