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93 • Dunham 2008 Lewis Estate Vineyard, Late Harvest Riesling, Columbia Valley $19/375 ml. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of yellow plum, nectarine, dusty dried roses, and balloon dust follow through on a soft, silky entry to a sweet medium-to-full body with a tangy, gingery orange and peach marmalade finish. Nice style and sense of place. (tasted on Jul-01-2010)
93 • Barboursville NV "Philéo", Virginia $16. Best Buy.
Pale silvery straw color with green cast. Floral, white potpourri and lychee nut aromas follow through on a lively, silky entry to a fruity sweet medium body with good depth and perfumed intensity. Finishes with a nectarine sherbet and yellow rose accented fade. A very tasty, vibrantly floral easy drinking dessert wine. (tasted on Jul-12-2010)
92 • Hagafen 2008 Late Harvest, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Coast $30/375 ml.
Bright golden yellow color. Bold caramelly peach custard tart and lemon meringue aromas follow through on a round entry to a sweet and fruity medium body with intricate pomelo, guava, and pineapple notes on the creamy vanilla kissed finish. Very nice and will go great with cheeses. (tasted on Jul-01-2010)
92 • Hyatt Vineyards 2008 Winter Harvest, Riesling, Rattlesnake Hills $29.99/375 ml.
Old gold color. Rich honeyed dried apricot, yellow apple, and golden raisin aromas and flavor on a plush, mouthcoating sweet full body. Long, unctuous sweet finish with great depth and balanced acidity. A sensationally pure and flavorful desert wine. (tasted on Jul-29-2010)
91 • Frost Bitten 2008 Ice Riesling, Columbia Valley $11.99/375 ml. Best Buy.
Bright golden yellow color. Bold fruity aromas of pineapple upside down cake follow through on a supple, precise entry to a sweet medium-to-full body with great depth and purity. Finishes with a long, zesty fade. Remarkably pure and very drinkable. (tasted on Jul-01-2010)
90 • Quady 2008 "Essensia", Orange Muscat, California $16.99. Best Buy.
Brilliant brassy orange amber color. Aromas of salty caramelized almonds, suede,dried apricots and orange peels, and honeysuckle follow through on a round, supple entry to a moderately sweet medium-full body with great depth and balance. Finishes with a long, lightly perfumed lychee, orange marmalade and apple sauce accented fade. (tasted on Jul-12-2010)
90 • Johnson Estate 2007 Estate Grown Ice Wine of Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie $34.99/375 ml.
Deep golden color. Rich aromas of buttery baked caramel apple, praline, and honeycomb follow through on a round, satiny entry to a moderately sweet medium body with pear and pineapple tart notes and a long, elegant orange blossom honey finish. A very rich and tasty dessert wine. (tasted on Jul-12-2010)
89 • Quady 2008 "Elysium", Black Muscat, California $16.99.
rich boysenberry compote, spice,and apricot butter aromas and flavors follow through on a vibrant entry to a fruity and tangy medium-full body with great depth and hints of herbs and spices on the long, creme brulee, suede, and almond accented finish. (tasted on Jul-15-2010)
89 • Glenora 2009 "Block 4", Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Finger Lakes $17.99/375 ml.
Very pale silvery straw color. Mild cling peach and light flinty mineral aromas follow through on a silky entry to a fruity sweet medium body with clementine sorbet and leafy apple sauce notes on the long, zesty, rounded finish. Very nice, pair with cheeses. (tasted on Jul-12-2010)
89 • Rotta Winery NV Black Monukka Dessert Wine, California $25/375 ml.
Deep copper color. Suede, butter toasted almond and golden prune aromas follow through on a soft, silky entry to a fruity medium-full body with very good depth and a cracked pepper and spicy poached peach finish. Nice vibrancy and style. (tasted on Jul-15-2010)
87 • Barboursville 2006 "Malvaxia Passito", Virginia $30/375 ml.
Deep golden amber color. Aromas of apricot butter, pistachio nuts, and conditioned leather follow through on supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with good depth and a tart, dusty apple skin, peanut skin, and peach pit accented fade. A nice mature dessert wine to pair with cheeses. (tasted on Jul-12-2010)
84 • Quady NV "Deviation", Orange Muscat, California $27.99/375 ml.
Deep orange amber color. Intense Indian spices, rose water and cologne aromas have a distinct bazaar quality and follow through on a soft, silky entry to a fruity medium-full body with lychee, muscat grape, and cardamom note. Finishes with long, exotic spice, guava, blood orange, and tropical flower fade. Different and in your face; try in cocktails for probably the best impact. (tasted on Jul-15-2010)
83 • Barefoot NV Moscato, California $6.99. Best Buy.
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of nectarine and lemon-lime powder follow through on a wispy soft entry to a fruity light body with gentle, breezy grape juice and seed like finish. (tasted on Jul-15-2010)
83 • Ledson 2008 "La Vida Dulce", Orange Muscat, Mendocino County $28/500 ml.
Pale silvery straw color. Almond oil, lemon frosting, and flint aromas follow through on a soft entry to a sweet and tangy light body with balsa, candied orange, and canned peach notes and a sweet, tingling, peppery spice fade. (tasted on Jul-12-2010)
83 • Sans Soucy Vineyards NV Ginger Wine, Virginia $12/375 ml.
Very pale silvery yellow straw color. Aromas of fresh ginger, lemongrass, cucumber grape aromas are reminiscent of a Thai cucumber salad and follow through on soft, brisk entry to a fruity sweet light-to-medium body with fleeting orange rind and grape seed accented fade. Very different and reminiscent of a lighter British ginger wine. Use in marinades, sauces and cocktails for best results. (tasted on Jul-15-2010)
81 • Johnson Estate 2009 Estate Grown Ice Wine of Chambourcin, Lake Erie $34.99/375 ml.|Find-a-Wine|
Ruby color. Aromas of baked mulberries, cranberries, paraffin, and praline cookie follow through on a round, almost syrupy entry to a fruity and tart medium-full body with cranberry pomegranate and earth notes on the puckering finish. Interesting. (tasted on Jul-15-2010)