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December 2019 - All Sweet, Dessert, Fortified & Fruit Wines

December 2019 - All Sweet, Dessert, Fortified & Fruit Wines
This month's Wine feature is All Sweet, Dessert, Fortified & Fruit Wines

All Sweet, Dessert, Fortified & Fruit Wines Reviews

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.
Domaine des Bernardins 2017  Muscat
94 points
$40
Steely orange color. Aromas of ripe peach, honey-drizzled apricot, golden raisins, and lime peel with a round, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length orange blossom water and chamomile tea finish. A bright Beaumes de Venise Blanc that offers delicate notes of dried fruit and honey.
Monte De Oro 2015 Legato Dessert Wine Cinsault
93 points
$39
Brown brick red color. Tropical aromas and flavors of overripe pineapple, brown sugar, apricot marmalade, quince, thyme, and fig paste with a satiny, lively, very sweet medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish revealing impressions of Spanish peanuts, Madeira cake, cinnamon pastry, and baklava with moderate oak flavor. A distinctive dessert wine with enticing tropical nuance and toasty complexity; a must-try.
Monte De Oro 2008 Lost Gold Dessert Wine Temecula Valley
92 points
$65
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of sautéed almonds, caramelized dates and figs, and conditioned suede with a velvety, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, very long finish that shows suggestions of sourdough toast, ghee, and reduced lemon with chewy, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A very distinctive, Palo Cortado Sherry-like dessert wine that really nails the savory, nutty flor-influenced style; impressive.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Peach California
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Light silvery straw color. Floral, tropical aromas of peach-mango sorbet, coconut milk, and honeysuckle with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, refreshing, long honeyed apricot and peach cobbler finish with no oak flavor. A delicious peach-flavored wine with rich, natural tasting flavor.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Sangria California
90 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Spicy, tropical aromas of brown spices, tropical fruit salad, and cherry soda with a soft, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, long fruit punch and orange sherbet finish with no oak flavor. A delicious, well-made Sangria that rivals homemade.
90 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pink Mosacto California
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery pink color. Floral, fruity aromas of lilacs, spiced peach sorbet, and lychee with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long dried apricot and green apple and tangerine shrub finish. A toothsome and mouthwatering sweet sparkling wine with nice versatility.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Monte De Oro 2018 Dulce De Verano Rosé Temecula Valley
90 points
$24
Light siam color. Aromas and flavors of dried cranberries and cherries, cassis jam, watermelon agua fresca, and tomato jelly with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish conveying shades of crisp radish and creme with no oak flavor. A toothsome and highly pairable off-dry Rosé; serve with a slight chill and pair with summer meals al fresco.
Romariz 2017 Vintage 2017 Douro
89 points
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate ganache, ripe blueberries, spiced pastry, honey, and licorice with a slightly chewy, lively, very sweet medium-to-full body and a subtle, medium-long finish with accents of stewed raisins with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dense and sturdy vintage port that should age gracefully, youthful now but will develop into a complex wine worthy of a special occasion. Drink 2025-2030.
Jam Jar 2018 Sweet White White Moscato
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, clementine, ripe apricot, beeswax, and orange blossom with a satiny, petillant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with accents of key lime pie. A bright, fresh Moscato for anytime indulging.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Pink Moscato California
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Savory, spicy aromas of pickled melon and nectarine and hint of beeswax with a silky, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-to-long dried apricot and orange blossom water sorbet finish with no oak flavor. A lively sweet pink wine with nice fruit, acidity, and a refreshing finish.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Red Moscato California
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Light siam color. Sweet aromas of honey on pears, honeysuckle, ripe melon, and rose petals with a satiny, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length raspberry sorbet, tangerine, and lychee finish. A spritzy wine for sweet celebrations.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pineapple California
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe mango, peach yogurt, and pineapple smoothie with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and a smooth, refreshing, carefree candied tangerine, sweet tea, and agave nectar finish with no oak flavor. A tropical sparkler that will be a very fun brunch soiree beverage of choice.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sweet Red Sparkling California
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brilliant bright ruby color. Fruity aromas of pomegranate sauce, fruit cake, coconut cream pie, and cherry scented candle with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium body and an even, amusing, medium-long tangerine sorbet, melon, and almond finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A zesty, mouthwatering sparkling wine that will be fun with barbecue.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Leyenda NV Cream Sherry Palomino
88 points
$16
Dark copper-amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of salted caramel, toasted nuts, brioche, and orange rind with a satiny, vibrant, medium body and a tingling, compelling, breezy finish that exhibits accents of dried apricots, marzipan, salted pecans, fig paste, toffee, and watercress with a suggestion of oak flavor. A toasty, nutty pleaser; perfect for sherry cobblers.
Barefoot NV  Riesling
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of honey, pineapple in syrup, ripe apricot, grapefruit, and papaya with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a silky, snappy finish with no oak flavor. A juicy and tropical Riesling that will quench any thirst.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Moscato Spumante California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brilliant straw green color. Fruity, herbal aromas of mint green tea, apple-peach shrub, and lavender with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length spiced green apple and golden raisins finish with no oak flavor. A tangy, appetizing sweet sparkler; perfect for the patio.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Jam Jar 2018 Sweet Shiraz Shiraz
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of tar, red peppercorns, black plum, and basil with a round, crisp, sweet medium-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of smoked meats. A full-bodied sweet Shiraz to serve with a slight chill; try with spicy barbecue.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Romariz NV Fine Ruby Porto Douro
87 points
$21
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of raspberry syrup, mead, roasted agave, toasted oats, apple compote, melon, and mint with a silky, vibrant, sweet medium body and a peppery, medium-length nuts in caramel and berry jelly finish. A solid Ruby Port for cocktails.
Romariz NV Fine Tawny Porto Douro
87 points
$21
Ruby black color. Aromas of orange liqueur, baked figs, panettone, and dried pears with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length toffee-coated walnuts, mulberry coulis, creme caramel, and peppercorns finish with light oak flavor. A tasty Tawny Port to accent the final course.
Barefoot NV  Moscato
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of honeysuckle, juicy apricot, orange blossom, and poached pear with a satiny, crisp, petillant, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A joyful and sweet Moscato packed with bright fruit flavor.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Berry California
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Light siam color. Aromas of raspberry jam, rhubarb pie, and baked strawberry with a supple, lively, effervescent, very sweet light body and a graceful, quick fruit punch and citrus wheels finish with no oak flavor. A sweet and tangy punch-like wine for parties.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Riebeek Cellars NV Cape Ruby Touriga Nacional
86 points
$20
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of raisins, toffee-coated nuts, caramel buttercream, licorice, and chocolate sponge with a satiny, crisp, very sweet medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish that shows elements of dried strawberry with moderate oak flavor. A decadent after-dinner wine with notes of ripe fruit and chocolate.
Morin
86 points
$26
Gold color. Complex aromas and flavors of apples on the tree, baked apple with sage, caramelized nuts, and brunost with a silky, bright, sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish displaying impressions of spiced apple, tamarind paste, peppered orange, and herbs. A pure and scintillating Pommeau that finely balances fruit and minerality while evincing a true sense of place.
Easley NV Back Home Red Wine Concord
85 points
$8.99
Light siam color. Aromas and flavors of ripe black grapes, spring florals, and cherry popover with a supple, crisp, very sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish revealing impressions of pomegranate seeds with no oak flavor. A juicy and easy-drinking Concord Wine to serve ice cold on the patio.
85 points $8.99
Easley NV Back Home White Wine Moscato
85 points
$8.99
Straw color. Citrusy, floral aromas and flavors of key lime sorbet, lemon blossoms, and egg soufflé with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, relaxed finish that exhibits shades of lemonade with no oak flavor. A very sweet and citrusy dessert wine quaffer; try in cocktails.
85 points $8.99
Barefoot NV Sweet Red Blend California
84 points
$6.99
Ruby black color. Aromas of roasted chestnuts, baking chocolate, and dried fig with a supple, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed cherries in syrup, chocolate nougat bar, and nut skin finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A pleasant, sweet red wine.
84 points $6.99
Contempo NV Moscato Vino Frizzante Moscato
84 points
$10
Straw color. Aromas of peaches in syrup, honeycomb, magnolia, and wax candle with a glycerous, bright, spritzy, sweet light body and an effortless, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A funky Moscato for sweet indulgences.
Forgotten Fire 2018 Peshtigo Harbor American
83 points
$29
Light ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of strawberry lip balm, white chocolate, pine nuts, and fruit punch with a silky, very sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, brisk finish. A sweet and smooth-sipping dessert wine to try in dessert recipes.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Prosecco DOC
82 points
$9.99
Brilliant emerald straw color. Green, citrusy aromas of apple mint chutney, honeycomb, apple cider, and dried citrus with a supple, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet thin body and an even, brisk wheat grass and nut skin finish with no oak flavor. A funky, off-dry sparkler.
82 points $9.99
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