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Johnson Estate

Johnson Estate
NV Old Oak Gold Estate Grown Bourbon Barrel Aged Dessert Wine, Lake Erie

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chocolate

Category: Domestic Sherry-Style Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 18% RS: 8%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18

Johnson Estate
NV Old Oak Gold Estate Grown Bourbon Barrel Aged Dessert Wine, Lake Erie

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chocolate

Category: Domestic Sherry-Style Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 18% RS: 8%
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of dried lemon and green apple, marcona almonds, salted nuts, and vanilla with a round, lively, off-dry medium body and a medium finish with notes of candied lemon peel, honey roasted salted almonds, and vanilla lemon cream. Salted almonds on vanilla, coconut, and lemon sorbet.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: dried lemon and green apple, marcona almonds, salted nuts, and vanilla
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of candied lemon peel, honey roasted salted almonds, and vanilla lemon cream
Sweetness Sweetness: Off-Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now
Recipes Pairing: Blue Cheese, Chocolate Mousse, Roquefort
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Salted almonds on vanilla, coconut, and lemon sorbet.

The Producer

Johnson Estate Winery

The Producer
8419 W Rte 20
Westfield, NY 14787
USA
1 716-326-2191

Their Portfolio

BR Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown, Marechal Foch, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $16.00.
86 Johnson Estate 2018 Founder’s Red Blend, Lake Erie 13% (USA) $14.00.
87 Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown-Toasted Oak, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.00.
BR Johnson Estate 2018 Estate Grown-Bright Steel, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown Semi-Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.00.
89 Johnson Estate 2018 Estate Grown, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.00.
BR Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown-Dry Rosé, Pinot Noir, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.00. - Bronze Medal
94 Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown Ice Wine, Chambourcin, Lake Erie 10.4% (USA) $49.00.
87 Johnson Estate 2019 Estate Grown Sparkling, Traminette, Lake Erie 13% (USA) $19.00.
BR Johnson Estate NV Solstice Sangria, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Johnson Estate NV Red Ipocras, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $9.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Johnson Estate NV White Ipocras, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $9.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Johnson Estate 2019 Freelings Creek Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, American 13% (USA) $18.00.
BR Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve Toasted Oak, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve Bright Steel, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.00.
88 Johnson Estate 2019 Feelings Creek Reserve Brut, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $24.00.
88 Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.00.
87 Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve Semi-Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.00.
85 Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve Sweet, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.00.
87 Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve, Seyval Blanc, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $11.00.
86 Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $11.00.
85 Johnson Estate 2021 Feelings Creek Reserve Dry Rosé, Pinot Noir, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.00.
85 Johnson Estate 2019 Feelings Creek Reserve Founders’ Red, Lake Erie 13% (USA) $15.00.
BR Johnson Estate 2018 Feelings Creek Reserve, Pinot Noir, Lake Erie 12.5% (USA) $17.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve, Marechal Foch, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.00.
94 Johnson Estate 2020 Feelings Creek Reserve, Chambourcin, Lake Erie 13% (USA) $14.00.
89 Johnson Estate NV The Queen’s Catawba Bubbly Wine, Catawba, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $12.00.
88 Johnson Estate 2021 Freelings Creek Reserve Bright Steel, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $15.00.
88 Johnson Estate 2021 Freelings Creek Reserve Bright Steel, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $15.00.
88 Johnson Estate 2021 Freelings Creek Reserve Toasted Oak, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $15.00.
88 Johnson Estate 2021 Freelings Creek Reserve Toasted Oak, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $15.00.
86 Johnson Estate 2021 Freelings Creek Reserve Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $15.00.
86 Johnson Estate 2021 Freelings Creek Reserve Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $15.00.
85 Johnson Estate 2021 Freelings Creek Reserve Sweet, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $15.00.
85 Johnson Estate 2021 Freelings Creek Reserve Sweet, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $15.00.
87 Johnson Estate 2021 Freelings Creek Reserve, Seyval Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.00.
87 Johnson Estate 2022 Freelings Creek Reserve, Seyval Blanc, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.00.
87 Johnson Estate 2021 Freelings Creek Reserve, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.00.
87 Johnson Estate 2021 Freelings Creek Reserve, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.00.
92 Johnson Estate NV Old Oak Ruby Estate Grown Bourbon Barrel Aged Dessert Wine, Lake Erie 18% (USA) $18.00.
85 Johnson Estate NV Old Oak Gold Estate Grown Bourbon Barrel Aged Dessert Wine, Lake Erie 18% (USA) $18.00.
89 Johnson Estate 2021 Estate Grown Semi Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $15.00.
87 Johnson Estate 2021 Freelings Creek Reserve , Marechal Foch, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $16.00.
87 Johnson Estate 2020 Freelings Creek Reserve Founders’ Red Blend, Lake Erie 13% (USA) $16.00.
86 Johnson Estate 2021 Freelings Creek Reserve, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.00.
89 Johnson Estate 2022 Freelings Creek Reserve, Traminette, Lake Erie 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
89 Johnson Estate 2021 Freelings Creek Reserve Sparkling, Traminette, Lake Erie 13% (USA) $19.00.

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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