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July 2021 - All Sweet Wine

July 2021 - All Sweet Wine
This month's Wine feature is All Sweet Wines

All Sweet Wine Reviews

Stone Hill NV Moscato Hermann
93 points
$9
Best Buy
Brilliant white gold color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of peach sorbet, honeysuckle, peony, sultana, and fruit cup with a supple, soft, petillant, fruity sweet medium body and a sleek, engaging, medium-long finish revealing suggestions of honeyed melon and apple balls, orange blossom honeycomb, lychee, and white grape skin with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A rich, vibrantly fruity, floral sweet wine that is sure to please.
93 points $9 Best Buy
Saracco 2020 Moscato dAsti Piemonte DOC
92 points
$16
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas of white flowers, apricots in syrup, guava, honey cake, and angel food cake with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, sweet full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long sugared peaches and wildflower honey finish with no oak flavor. Lovely balance and complex honied flavors shine in this great example of Piedmont’s Moscato d’Asti.
Awards: 2021 Best Moscato d'Asti
92 points $16 Best Buy
Stone Hill NV Demi-Sec Sparkling Wine Hermann
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach, mango, lychee, lime, and tarragon with a round, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish evoking suggestions of pears in syrup with no oak flavor. A fresh, pure and exotic sparkling wine for fans of Gewurztraminer.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Stone Hill 2019  Vignoles
92 points
$24
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of grilled apples, pina colada, starfruit, caramel buttercream, and lime curd with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish conveying notes of honeydew melon with moderate oak flavor. A toasty, creamy Vignoles that’s great for Chardonnay fans.
Awards: Best White Hybrid
Sweet Bitch NV Moscato Peach Bubbly Italy
91 points
$9
Best Buy
Medium old gold color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, peach, nectarine, and jasmine tea with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, fleeting finish that presents shades of peach jam, apricot jelly, lavender, vanilla, and coconut with no oak flavor. A summer orchard in a glass - try with brunch or for dessert.
Awards: 2021 Best Sparkling Flavored Wine
91 points $9 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.
Quady NV Starboard Batch 88 Madera County
89 points
$25
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of saddle leather, floral spiced berries, orange agave marmalade, and peanut and pumpkin seed brittle with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, engaging, medium-long finish with notes of crystallized ginger, sassafras, cherry cola, and pink pepper. A vibrant young fortified wine that will be very versatile; try on ice cream or in cocktails.
Aldi NV Pineapple Mimosa New Mexico
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Cloudy yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple slices, hint of chamomile, and pina colada with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, medium-length finish conveying notes of crushed pineapple and apple and orange relish with no oak flavor. A fun pineapple mimosa that will be a hit at parties.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Sutter Home NV Fruit Infusions Tropical Pineapple California
87 points
$7
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of mango and cream paleta, key lime sorbet, and green apple candies with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with no oak flavor. A fruity and bright Flavored Wine that’s never too sweet.
87 points $7 Best Buy
Stone Hill NV Semi-Sweet Steinberg White Wine Hermann
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pears in syrup, apricot, and candied lime with a satiny, lively, moderately sweet light body and a sleek, brisk finish with touches of white strawberry and ginger with no oak flavor. A delicate sweet wine to serve with a good chill.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Salt Of The Earth 2020 Flore de Moscato White Moscato
87 points
$11
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of peaches in syrup, honeysuckle, dried apricot, and citronella with a round, bright, very sweet light body and a smooth, interesting, easy pineapple gummies and honey finish with no oak flavor. A very sweet, lemongrass-inflected sweet wine for Moscato lovers. Serve chilled after the meal, poured atop sorbet or sip with delicate cookies.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Stone Hill NV  Concord
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of grape jelly and wild raspberry with a glycerous, bright, medium body and a sleek, medium-length peach yogurt and lingonberry jam finish. A fresh and juicy concord wine.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Stone Hill NV Camellia Sweet Rosé Hermann
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale orange salmon color. Aromas and flavors of ripe kiwi, pineapple, starfruit, capers, and tangerine tea with a soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A tropical and fruity sweet wine for summertime quaffing.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Quady 2018 Essensia Fortified Muscat
87 points
$24
Brilliant light amber color. Savory, fruity aromas and flavors of preserved peaches, pineapple herb shrub, salted caramel, saffron, and white tea with a silky, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, breezy finish manifesting elements of apricot cobbler, black strap molasses cookie, floral iced tea with honey, and hint of smoked nuts. A nice, not-too-sweet dessert wine that with its bright acidity, layered flavors, and chewy fruit tannins will pair nicely.
Stone Hill NV Cream Sherry Hermann
87 points
$28
Amber color. Aromas of salted nuts, toffee, singed orange peel, dried figs, licorice, and dark chocolate with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, intricate, long honey-roasted nuts and hints of wild strawberry finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A satisfying, salty-sweet Sherry-style wine that surprises and delights.
Stone Hill NV Sweet Rosé Wine Catawba
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of soursop, ripe wild strawberry, and hints of cassis with a supple, crisp, sweet light body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A fragrant and stylish sweet with with a melange of ripe tropical fruit flavors.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Aldi NV Mango Mimosa New Mexico
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Cloudy golden straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of mango nectar, macadamia ice cream, white chocolate, and lemon drops with a supple, bright, spritzy, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish revealing notes of toasted meringue, banana and mango cream pie, and orange fruit punch with no oak flavor. A vibrant and delicious mango mimosa that is sure to please.
86 points $10 Best Buy
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
Quady 2019 Elysium Black Muscat
86 points
$24
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of grenadine, grappa, honey, orange flower blossom, and citronella with an vibrant, very sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, intriguing, medium-long strawberry licorice, dried honey, and hints of fennel finish with no oak flavor. A distinctive and bold Muscat for the after-dinner pour.
Aldi NV Orange Mimosa New Mexico
85 points
$10
Minutely hazy straw green color. Citrusy aromas of orange juice, dreamsicle, lemon-lime soda, and pixie stix with a supple, crisp, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length tangerine and frosted cake finish. A nice zesty mimosa with natural flavor and a zippy finish.
Heb NV Land Star Classic Mimosa New Mexico
85 points
$11
Hazy straw green color. Citrusy, earthy aromas and flavors of reduced orange and lemon, herbal tea, and citrus vinaigrette with a supple, vibrant, petillant, off-dry medium body and a smooth, buoyant finish with shades of orange and pineapple salad, orange blossom honey, and hint of tangerine vinaigrette. A juicy easy-drinking mimosa for carefree sipping.
Salt of the Earth 2020 Moscato Rubino Madera County
85 points
$11
Light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, beeswax, thompson seedless grapes, and apricot chutney with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish evoking notes of hints of honey-drizzled starfruit and pineapple with no oak flavor. A luscious, almost tropical Moscato with a palate-pleasing sweet nectar-like quality.
Stone Hill NV Montaigne Semi-Sweet Rosé Hermann
85 points
$12
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of white strawberry, hints of nectarine, thyme, and cherry-almond with a satiny, vibrant, sweet light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits elements of watermelon and pickled watermelon rind with no oak flavor. An interesting and flavorful sweet wine with nice complexity.
St Clair NV Mimbres Bubbly White Sparkling Wine New Mexico
85 points
$14
White gold color. Aromas of leafy honeysuckle vine, yeasty lemon soda bread, peach, mango, and bloomy cheese rind with a supple, crisp, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long spiced apples, lemon verbena, and watermelon finish with no oak flavor. A vivacious and well-balanced sweet sparkler with great poise and acidity.
Wifey NV Sweet Cuvée Italy
85 points
$21
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach blossom, nectarine, and lilac with a satiny, racy, bubbly, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish that exhibits notes of pear, lemon and lime, beeswax, wet stone, lavender, and macintosh apples with no oak flavor. An orchard-fruit driven, crisp and fizzy wine for brunch, patios, and beyond.
St. Clair Winery NV Port New Mexico
85 points
$25
Dull hazy dark garnet color. Mature aromas and flavors of dark caramelized roasted nuts, soy, tamarind paste, and blackberry chutney with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long finish manifesting nuances of dark caramel raisin compote, cola, rum molasses cake, and peppercorns. A satisfying, warming domestic port-style wine that hits the right, savory umami tawny notes.
Stone Hill 2015 Port Hermann
85 points
$35
Brown brick red color. Aromas of fragrant cigars, patent leather, cinnamon-dusted raisins, kalamata olive, artichoke hearts, and oregano with a slightly chewy, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long candied cherry, licorice, grapefruit zest, and black tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A robust and generous Fortified Wine from Missouri; try cellaring.
Sutter Home NV Fruit Infusions Wild Berry California
84 points
$7
Pale orange salmon color. Aromas of fruit punch and raspberry pastilles with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet light body and a silky, medium-length hints of cranberry punch finish. A fun berry-flavored quaffer that’s light and bright.
Sutter Home NV Fruit Infusions Sweet Peach California
84 points
$7
Straw color. Aromas of ripe pear, orange sherbet, and honeydew melon with a supple, vibrant, moderately sweet light body and a sleek, rapid finish with no oak flavor. Juicy orchard fruit flavors star in this light, easy-drinking Flavored Wine.
Stone Hill NV Steinberg Red Semi-Sweet Wine Hermann
84 points
$9
Bright ruby garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe cassis, pink peppercorns, watermelon candies, and fruit punch with an oily, soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick finish with no oak flavor. A very fruity and Gamay-like sweet wine with a jammy sensibility.
Sweet Bitch NV  White Moscato
84 points
$9
Medium silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of white flowers, white peach, magnolia, elderflower, fresh radish, and arugula with a supple, racy, fizzy, sweet light body and a smooth, agreeable white strawberries, lemon vinaigrette, yellow pear, and star fruit finish with no oak flavor. A tangy and crisp everyday Moscato.
Sweet Bitch NV Moscato Rosé Italy
84 points
$9
Light silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of cotton candy grapes, strawberry water, lemon peel, and hibiscus with a satiny, racy, finely carbonated, sweet medium body and a polished, momentary finish with notes of rhubarb compote, purple flowers, and lime sorbet with no oak flavor. A sparkly fun and floral wine for spritzers.
Plum Loco NV Sweet Wine New Mexico
84 points
$10
Ruby garnet color. Confected aromas and flavors of malted chocolate-covered craisins, graham crackers, nuts, plums, and berries with a satiny, bright, sweet medium body and a polished, breezy finish with elements of cherry bonbon, cantaloupe, and vanilla bean honey ice cream. A sweet wine with a nice brushstroke of chocolate.
Heb NV Land Star Pineapple Mimosa New Mexico
84 points
$11
Cloudy golden straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of crushed pineapple and peaches and piña colada sherbet with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a refreshing, short-to-medium finish with nuances of pineapple juice. A round and juicy pineapple treat.
Stone Hill NV Golden Rhine Sweet White Wine Hermann
84 points
$12
Straw color. Aromas of sweet apple custard, apple fritters, and lemon curd with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a medium-length hints of grapefruit and banana pastry finish. A friendly sweet wine with pure fruit flavors.
Stone Hill NV Peach Flavored Wine Hermann
84 points
$12
Pale silvery pink color. Aroma and flavors of peach liqueur with a round, crisp, cloying medium body and a smooth, brisk finish manifesting touches of peach rings candy and mango smoothie with no oak flavor. A sweet and simple peachy wine with a carefree vibe.
Stone Hill NV Blackberry Flavored Wine Hermann
84 points
$12
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry candy, hibiscus tea, fruity perfume, big league chew, and fruit roll ups with a round, crisp, cloying medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish. A deeply berry flavored wine to serve ice cold.
Fulkerson NV Moscato Seneca Lake
84 points
$13
Yellow straw color. Herbal aromas and flavors of woodruff, lemongrass, thompson seedless grapes, peppermint candies, and ginger-honey-lemon lozenge with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, delightful, buoyant finish with accents of candied lime and sweet ginger with no oak flavor. A sweet, herbaceous and distinctive Moscato that refreshes.
Frost Bitten 2020 Ice Riesling Horse Heaven Hills
84 points
$14
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of butted potato bread toast with berry jam and nougat with a silky, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a brisk finish imparting notes of grape skins and grilled cling peaches. A sturdy sweet wine for cheeses and nuts.
St Clair NV Mimbres Bubbly Pink Sparkling Wine New Mexico
84 points
$14
Silvery amber color. Fruity, confected aromas and flavors of watermelon sorbet, honeyed cherries and currants, cherry blossoms, and hay with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-long finish with suggestions of berry skins and seeds, aloe, and herbal tea with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nicely balanced sweet sparkling wine with a twist of herbs.
Quady 2020 Electra Rose Moscato
84 points
$15
Salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of honey-drizzled raspberries, orange blossom, peach sorbet, hints of artisanal cola, and lychee with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and an even, delightful, medium-length finish manifesting notes of hints of aniseed with no oak flavor. A sweet and juicy Moscato pleaser with interesting nuance.
Cloud Break 2019  Moscato
83 points
$9.99
Light straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, lilac, peach vinaigrette, and canned peach with a round, soft, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a polished, swift finish with notes of honeysuckle, canned peach, dried apricot, jasmine tea, and bean sprouts with no oak flavor. A sweet and fruity white for spritzers.
83 points $9.99
Aldi NV Pomegranate Mimosa New Mexico
83 points
$10
Dull topaz color. Interesting, tropical, savory aromas of stewed cranberries and tomato, pomegranate sauce, fruit punch, and mint tea with an light body and an appealing, breezy ginger ale float finish. A sweet and savory mimosa for meat-fueled brunches.
Stone Hill NV Sangria Hermann
83 points
$12
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of brown spices, orange and lime juice, floral honey, and banana with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish manifesting notes of spiced cherries and pears and marzipan. A nice well balanced sangria with natural flavors and tingling spiciness.
St Clair NV Mimbres Bubbly Red Sparkling Wine New Mexico
83 points
$14
Dull light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of berry, hibiscus, marigold, apple, and rice pudding with a supple, bright, spritzy, fruity sweet medium body and an even, compelling, medium-long finish displaying notes of cherry fruit leather, herbal lozenge, and earl grey tea. A nice tangy berry-flavored sweet wine with balance and snappiness.
Dh Lescombes NV Imperial Kir Carbonated Grape Wine with Natural Raspberry Flavor New Mexico
82 points
$17
Tomato bisque color. Candied aromas and flavors of raspberry pastilles, violet candies, and pez candies with a lean, prickly, fizzy, fruity sweet light body and an even, brisk finish with shades of grenadine, lime sherbet, and citrus pith with no oak flavor. A tart and fruity berry-flavored sparkler for hot weather fun.
Ménage À Trois NV Dolce Sweet Red Blend California
81 points
$13
Bright violet color. Aromas and flavors of fruit punch, cola, and raspberry gummies with a syrupy, bright, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A fruit punch-like wine for summer fun; serve with a good chill.
Ménage À Trois NV Moscato Sweet White Blend White Moscato
81 points
$13
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried apricots, honeysuckle, and peach pie with a satiny, tangy, sweet light body and a medium-length finish with accents of pineapples in syrup with no oak flavor. A sweet and playful Moscato for weeknight enjoyment.
Sweet Bitch NV Mango Moscato Italy
80 points
$9
Emerald straw color. Aromas of sweet peas, white flowers, chive flowers, lemon lime, and jasmine with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, odd, brief chamomile, lemon essence, elderflower, and sour peach finish with no oak flavor. A floral and savory wine that could be fun in Sangrias.
Cantina Sangria NV  New Mexico
80 points
$12
Ruby color. Confected aromas and flavors of strawberry pie filling, fruit punch, and relish with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful, breezy finish manifesting suggestions of strawberry fruit leather, bing cherries, and vinaigrette with no oak flavor. A strawberry wine cocktail for the pool and beach.
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