About Late Harvest

About Late Harvest
Late harvest refers to a sweet dessert wine produced from grapes picked at a later date than normal, anywhere from a week to several months. While this can refer to any type of wine, it is generally used to describe white wines such as Riesling or Gewurztraminer that are harvested late to acquire extra natural sugar, resulting in a sweeter wine. These sweeter wines are often golden or deep yellow in color with flavors of honey, caramel and ripe apricot; these are to be served with desserts such as almond or pear tart or with foie gras or blue cheeses.

Top Picks for Late Harvest

Grgich Hills 2016 Late Harvest Dessert Wine Napa Valley
95 points
$85
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of golden raisin, honeyed dried apricot, toasty meringue and baklava, and lychee and honeysuckle with a glycerous, vibrant, sweet medium-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long finish with overtones of apple pie, peach cobbler, and mandarin oranges in syrup with fine, silky, fruit tannins. A superb, unctuous dessert wine that can hold its own with the finest German ausleses and Canadian ice wines.
Medal Royal 2018 Late Harvest with Natural Botrytis Muscat
94 points
$17
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey, caramel, rum-soaked apricot, candied pineapple, and suede with a round, tangy, very sweet medium-to-full body and a subtle, long finish imparting shades of honey-roasted macadamia nuts, brown butter, allspice, and salted pecans. A divine, Sauternes-esque Late Harvest wine that delights the senses.
94 points $17 Best Buy
Domaine Bosc Long 2015 Muscadelle Doux Gaillac AOP
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Brilliant dark old gold color. Aromas and flavors of artisan peach tart, poached mango, sweet cheesecake, roast banana with cashews, and anise with a satiny, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, complex, medium-length finish that exhibits overtones of maple-pecan granola, bergamot, and hints of tea. A charming and distinctive Late Harvest wine with diverse fruity flavors and a warmly spiced finish.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
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.
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.
Stone Hill 2017 Late Harvest Vignoles
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Brilliant rich light gold color. Curious aromas and flavors of green tomato, caperberry, figs, and potato with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, peculiar, swift finish with accents of honey baked apple and chestnuts and bay leaf with a suggestion of oak flavor. A curious very herbal sweet wine for pairing with rustic cheeses.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Grande River Vineyards 2014 Late Harvest Viognier
84 points
$20.99
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of cappuccino with cocoa, toasty baklava, and dried peach and persimmon with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, compelling, short-to-medium finish manifesting notes of golden raisin compote and almond and hazelnut oil. A nicely balanced and not too sweet dessert offering that will excel with cheese and nut platters.
84 points $20.99