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97 • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2008 Bunch Select Late Harvest, Riesling, Finger Lakes $69.99/375 ml. Sustainable Agriculture
Deep gold color. Vibrant honeyed apricot and delicate spice aromas follow thorugh on a rich, supple entry to a sweet medium-full body with golden raisin and tropical citrus notes and a long, tangy honeyed apple and elegant mineral accented fade. A superb dessert wine that rivals some of Germany and Austria's finest. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
94 • Treleaven 2008 EIS Late Harvest, Riesling, Cayuga Lake $29.99/375 ml.
Bright golden straw color. Rich peach pie and spicy raisin compote aromas follows through on a supple, satiny entry to a fruity, tangy medium-to-full body with excellent depth and balanced acidity. Finishes with a long, apricot marmalade and apple custard fade. A sumptuous, delicious late harvest wine to pair with rich, triple cream cheeses or pate. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
93 • Alba NV Red Raspberry Wine, New Jersey $16.99/500 ml. Best Buy.
Beautiful deep ruby color. Rich, pure, and earthy raspberry aromas follow through no a supple satiny entry to a fruity sweet medium-full body with deep tangy fruit, lavish mouthwatering acidity, and a long resonant fade. A fantastically flavorful and balanced fruit wine. Try with triple cream cheeses. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
92 • Quady 2008 "Essensia", Orange Muscat, California $16.99. Best Buy.
Bright golden amber color. Inviting floral aromas of ripe peach, clementine, mango, and golden raisin chutney follow through on a soft, silky entry to a moderately sweet medium body with nice tangy acidity and delicate potpourri and honeyed orange fade. Delicious and very drinkable for a dessert wine. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
91 • Alba NV Dolcina, New Jersey $14.99/375 ml. Best Buy.
Very deep old gold color. Intriguing aromas of spicy baked tropical citrus and peach custard follow through on a satiny entry to a fruity sweet medium-to-full body with apple pie and honeyed raisin notes. Finishes with a long, dried flower, rubbery mineral, and orange honey accented fade. Complex and satisfying; pair with pate. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
90 • Quady 2008 "Elysium", Black Muscat, California $16.99. Best Buy.
Deep purple color. Floral raspberry and black cherry compote aromas follow through on a silky entry to a fruity sweet medium-to-fruity body with honeyed sweetness and a touch of spice. Finishes with a tangy, lingering, dried flower accented fade. Zesty and delicious. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
89 • Santa Barbara Winery 2008 Lafond Vineyard, Late Harvest Riesling, Santa Rita Hills $28/375 ml.
Bright yellow straw-green color. Aromas of baked apple and peach skin have a subtle rubbery mineral edge follow through on a silky entry to a fruity sweet medium body with tingly acidity and spice on the juicy finish. A very nice, understated late harvest to pair with cakes and pies. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
88 • Elk Run 2007 Vin de Jus Glacé, Riesling, American $26.95/375 ml.
Deep old gold color. Aromas of peach fuzz and golden raisin chutney have a lovely dried white flower note and follow through on a soft, satiny entry to a moderately sweet medium-full body with a touch of rubbery minerality and a tangy, lime honey accented finish. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
88 • Heron Hill 2008 Late Harvest, Vidal Blanc, Finger Lakes $17.99/375 ml.
Pale straw green color. Aromas of baked and honeyed dried citrus and stone fruits have a subtle minerality and follow thorugh on a silky entry to a fruity sweet medium body with a breezy, lime peel and chalk accented fade. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
88 • Rotta Winery NV Brix, Black Monukka Dessert Wine, California $25/375 ml.
Bright copper color. Baked raisin and peppery spice aromas follow through on a soft, satiny entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with butter sautéed almond,nectarine skin, and prune notes. Finishes with a warm, peppery and savory amontillado accented fade. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
88 • Martin Estate 2007 Gold Late Harvest Dessert Wine, Napa Valley $65/375 ml.
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of well done peach creme brulee, roasted nuts, and honeyed grilled apple follow through on a satiny entry to a fruity sweet medium-full body with praline and peppery spice notes on the zesty, toasty finish. A wood driven style that will be nice with tarts and tortes. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
88 • Château Ste. Michelle 2006 "Ethos" Late Harvest White Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills $39/375 ml.
Aromas of toasty fruit cake and golden raisin compote have a subtle mineral edge and follow through on a round, supple entry to a moderately sweet medium-to-full body with good depth and a pewter and leafy herb accented fade. A good, earthy choice for foie gras. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
87 • Holdredge 2006 Late Harvest, Grace's Cuvée, Pinot Gris, Russian River Valley $19.99/375 ml.
Pale golden color. Peach creme brulee, toasted nut, and delicate peppery spice aromas follow through on a round entry to a mildly sweet medium body with grassy herb and mineral notes. Finishes with a piquant, zesty fade. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
86 • Bella Vista 2008 Late Harvest, Petite Sirah, Temecula $18.95/375 ml.
Opaque violet color. Aromas of dried sour cherries and raisins follow through on a supple entry to a fruity medium-to-full body with good depth and a dusty mineral accented, chewy, woody tannin fade. A nice match for cheeses. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
85 • Lone Canary 2007 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley $15/375 ml.
Golden straw color. Bright aromas of apricot soufflé and buttercream frosting follow through on a soft entry to a fruity medium body with baked apple notes and breezy, honeyed apple core and mineral accented fade. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
83 • Lynfred NV Premium Pear Dessert Wine $35/375 ml.
Deep golden amber color. Mild aromas of butter sautéed pears and melted brown sugar follow through on a soft, silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with a glycerous texture and and a lightly smoky dark toasted gingerbread, pear core, and pepper fade. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)
81 • Bella Vista 2008 Rozmaring, Temecula $28.95. Organically Grown Grapes|Find-a-Wine|
Pale golden color. Baked apple, raisin and citrus aromas have a lightly leafy edge and follow through on a soft, slightly flabby entry to a mildly sweet light-to-medium body with a touch of vinegar and a quick papery finish. Maybe slightly corked. (tasted on Dec-05-2009)