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
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
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
Cline 2016 Late Harvest Mourvedre
92 points
Deep purple color. Minty aromas and flavors of chocolate mint cookie and blueberry cobbler a la mode with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a graceful, captivating, long finish that shows notes of alpine mint, berry pie filling, and eucalyptus honey with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A lovely, spicy, minty red dessert wine that will turn heads.
Grgich Hills 2018 Violetta Napa Valley
91 points
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.
Alara Cellars 2016 Late Harvest Viognier
91 points
Bright gold color. Interesting aromas of honey drizzled toasted challah, grilled peach, ripe papaya, and sultanas with a round, bright, very sweet medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long corn bread, vanilla fondant, pumpkin spice loaf, and pink peppercorns finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very toasty, rich dessert wine to pair with baked desserts or nutty pastries.
Jacuzzi 2015 Late Harvest Aleatico
88 points
Brown brick red color. Fruity, minty aromas of mincemeat pie, vanilla peppermint bark, and cashew nougat with a supple, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length goji berry and craisin, eucalyptus honeycomb, nut skin, and pepper dust finish with dusty, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A nice mature red dessert wine for cheeses and sweets.
Grande River Vineyards 2014 Late Harvest Viognier
84 points
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