About Dessert Wines from USA

About Dessert Wines from USA
The United States is one of the most important players in the wine industry. On sheer numbers alone, the US is the fourth largest country in terms of total production; but it is the outstanding quality of wines from the US that is an additional part of its worldwide prestige. While the first wines produced in the colonies date back to the late 18th century, it has only been since the mid-1960s that the US has entered the premium wine market on a large scale. California, especially Napa Valley and Sonoma County were the areas that drove the new quality movement. Other areas in California also were home to great wines; soon Washington and Oregon were home to first-class wines as well. New York State, especially the Finger Lakes are was rediscovered for its Rieslings and soon wineries started opening in states such as Texas, Virginia and North Carolina. Today, 90% of domestic premium wine is produced in California and there are several wine types that share the spotlight; these include Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Pinot Noir from Sonoma's Russian River Valley as well as Santa Barbara County and Chardonnay from several regions, such as Monterey and Sonoma County. Bordeaux-styles reds from Washington State have received great acclaim as have Oregon Pinot Noirs. Today, the United States is in an enviable position of being one of the largest producers of wine as well as one of the most celebrated.

Top Picks for USA

Dessert Wines

Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown Ice Wine Chambourcin
94 points
$49
Garnet black color. Aromas of boysenberry, damson plum, birch, lilac, and rhubarb preserves with a round, lively, sweet medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, very long blackberry coulis, hints of ripe mango, candied ginger, and glazed pastry finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An outstanding expression of Chambourcin; this is a great Ice Wine to let the grape’s best characteristics shine.
Awards: 2021 Best Ice Wine
Weis Vineyards 2019 Ice Wine Riesling
92 points
$59
Golden straw color. Aromas of dried apricots and pineapple in yogurt and honey-nut granola with a velvety, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-long ripe peach, honeysuckle, and apple custard finish with no oak flavor. A juicy and balanced Ice Wine that keeps you coming back for more.
Grgich Hills 2018 Violetta Napa Valley
91 points
$85
Light gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of apricots in syrup, floral honeycomb, tangerine zest, candied pineapple, and baklava with a silky, vibrant, sweet light body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish that presents accents of candied lemon peel, ginger, and hints of saffron with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich and nicely layered Late Harvest wine from Napa.
Frost Bitten 2019 Ice Riesling Riesling
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of poached pear, wildflower honey, elderflower, dried apricot, diced pineapple, and sultanas with a round, lively, sweet medium body and a polished, subtle, long finish. Intense, sophisticated fruit leaps to the nose and palate in this concentrated Ice Wine pleaser.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Quady 2020 Electra White Moscato
90 points
$15
Straw green color. Interesting aromas and flavors of oatmeal with golden raisins and pecans, saddle leather, dried peaches and pits, and matcha with a supple, bright, moderately sweet medium body and an effortless, complex, long finish that exhibits overtones of honeyed dried apricot, orange marmalade, and ground almond. A vibrantly delicious and concentrated dessert wine that will be a fine end to a rich meal.
Quady 2020 Electra Red Moscato
89 points
$15
Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry compote on pound cake, honeycomb, and warm spices with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length mixed berry gelato finish with no oak flavor. A berry-laden palate follows a honey-kissed nose in the sweet but sophisticated Moscato sipper.
Oliver NV Sweet Red Indiana
88 points
$8
Best Buy
Garnet color. Rustic aromas and flavors of wild cherry candy, huckleberry jam, and tangerine with a satiny, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish displaying shades of hints of tropical fruit with no oak flavor. A bold Concord wine with impassioned varietal character; pleasingly sweet and never cloying.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Ospreys Dominion Vineyards NV  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$24
Straw green color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of raisin cake in wax paper wrapping, dried peach and apple, and honey with a silky, tangy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish conveying notes of apricot and gooseberry jams and grassy earth. A delightful and versatile Late Harvest wine.
St. Clair Winery 2018 Bellissimo Sparkling Sweet Wine New Mexico
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw green color. Sweet aromas and flavors of honeycomb, orange blossom, peach slushie, and lilac with a satiny, vibrant, fizzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy finish with accents of ginger ale and lemon cordial with no oak flavor. A tasty, bubbly quaffer with sweet fruit and floral aromas; a solid choice for Moscato drinkers.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Spumante Moscato
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of chamomile tea with honey, sliced peaches, sweet melon, and honeycrisp apple with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish. A juicy and refreshing sweet Moscato pleaser.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy