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95 • Hunt Country 2007 Estate Bottled, Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Finger Lakes $39.99/375 ml.
Deep old gold color. Rich aromas and flavors of apricot marmalade, warm golden raisin compote, pineapple upside down cake, and tapioca with a supple, velvety texture, lush honeyed sweetness and a long, toasted meringue and spicy praline accented finish. A deliciously unctuous and satisfying dessert wine. (tasted on Dec-06-2010)
94 • Rotta Winery NV Black Monukka Dessert Wine, California $25/375 ml.
Bright deep amber color. Rich aromas of dried peaches and oranges, salty butter sautéed almonds, and suede with a satiny, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, golden raisin chutney and chestnut honey finish. Delicious; pair with caramel nut tarts. (tasted on Nov-15-2010)
92 • Handley 2007 Late Harvest, Riesling, Mendocino Ridge $29/375 ml.
Bronze amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of wood smoked whole nuts, dried apricot, and fresh thyme with a supple sweet and fruity medium-to-full body with pistachio oil, goji berry, chestnut honey and suede notes on the long, tangy finish. A complex dessert wine that is a must try for duck rillettes and pate. (tasted on Dec-06-2010)
89 • Sakonnet NV "Sirius", Southeastern New England $15.95. Best Buy.
Pale golden color. Aromas of baked yellow apples and peaches, honey and flint with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a round, dried citrus and faint fuel-like mineral notes on the graceful finish. A nicely poised, dimensional and balanced dessert wine that will age well in the short term. (tasted on Dec-06-2010)
89 • CANA 2008 J. Jaden Red Dessert Wine, Contra Costa County $45.
Opaque violet black color. Rich aromas and flavors of mashed raisins, craisins, blueberries and earth with a vivid, satiny medium-to-full body and a long, honeyed apricot, orange, and apple accented finish. Very nice and refreshingly balanced. (tasted on Nov-15-2010)
88 • Prejean 2009 Late Harvest Estate Grown, Vignoles, Finger Lakes $12.99/375 ml. Best Buy.
Pale golden color. Aromas of pear buttercream and citrus marmalade with a sweet, lively light-to-medium body and a crisp, mouthwatering apple sauce and ripe clementine finish. A tangy, zippy, aperitif. (tasted on Dec-06-2010)
88 • Unionville Vineyards 2009 Artisan Series, "Cool Fox Lady", New Jersey $25.95/375 ml.
Light straw color. Freshly crushed honeycrisp apple, dried peach and orange butter aromas and flavors with a crisp, round, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a golden raisin, tangy mango, and dusty pear skin finish. A tasty lively dessert wine that will go great with cheeses. (tasted on Dec-06-2010)
87 • Garfield Estates 2009 Garfield Estates Vineyard, Vin de Glace, Grand Valley $19.99/375 ml.
Very pale silvery straw green color. Vibrantly fragrant orange blossom, lavender, bergamot, and peach nectar aromas and flavors with a round, silky, fruity sweet medium body and a delicate floral talc and lemon verbena accented finish. (tasted on Dec-06-2010)
86 • Girardet 2008 "Frostbite", Gewurztraminer, Umpqua Valley $25/375 ml.
Deep golden color. Dense aromas of peach buttercream, lychee, cream cheese, and praline with a satiny moderately sweet medium-to-full body and hints of almond skin, suede, minerals and peppercorn on the gentle finish. A nice dessert wine to pair with triple cream cheeses. (tasted on Dec-06-2010)
82 • La Rocca 2005 Late Harvest, Lush Zinfandel, Sierra Foothills $25/375 ml. Certified Organic|Find-a-Wine|
Deep ruby with a brown cast. Aromas of mashed raisins and crushed nuts with a mildly sweet light-to-medium body and a dusty road, roasted turnip, pepper, and cocoa powder accented finish. (tasted on Dec-06-2010)