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Arbor Hill Grapery

Arbor Hill Grapery
NV Joyful John, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chocolate Dessert

Category: Domestic Sherry-Style Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 18.5%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$25

Arbor Hill Grapery
NV Joyful John, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chocolate Dessert

Category: Domestic Sherry-Style Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 18.5%
Dark amber color. Aromas of butter roasted nuts, maple syrup and nut oil, conditioned leather, and peppercorns with an oily, bright, moderately sweet fat body and a stimulating, long nut torte, citrus and onion marmalades, and smoked chestnuts with honey brown butter finish. A distinctive and impactful sherry-style wine that will sing with desserts or cocktails.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: butter roasted nuts, maple syrup and nut oil, conditioned leather, and peppercorns
Taste Flavor: nut torte, citrus and onion marmalades, and smoked chestnuts with honey brown butter
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Panna Cotta, Chocolate Mousse, Roquefort
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctive and impactful sherry-styled wine that will sing with desserts or cocktails.

The Producer

Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery

The Producer

Their Portfolio

Domestic Sherry-Style Wine

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Serve in a Port Wine Glass
Domestic Sherry-style wines are made in the United States and are usually fortified wines aged in similar conditions as Spanish Sherries. Sherry is a fortified wine made in several countries, most famously from the Xerez district if Spain ( the word "sherry" itself is a derivation of the word Xerez). There are several different types ranging from very dry and light (Fino) to very sweet and rich (Cream, Moscatel).

Most are made with the fortification - increasing the alcoholic level - by adding neutral grape sprits after fermentation. This increases the alcohol from 13% or 14% up to 18% to 20%. Sherry is aged in casks for anywhere from two to eight years; the system of aging in casks is the solera system where old and new barrels are used. When wine evaporated from the old barrels, wine from the new barrels is added to top up the old barrels.

While Sherry is most commonly associated with Spain, it has become a generic term and can be produced (often via different methods) in the US and other countries.

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