Full Review

St. Clair Winery

St. Clair Winery
NV Special Reserve Kiva, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Cheese

Category: Fortified Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 19% RS: 11%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$28

St. Clair Winery
NV Special Reserve Kiva, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Cheese

Category: Fortified Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 19% RS: 11%
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of peach liqueur, rich caramel, bananas foster, hazelnut confection, and pumpkin pie with pecans with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with elements of persimmon with moderate oak flavor. A distinctively nutty and warming fortified wine with a top note of vibrant peach aromas.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: peach liqueur, rich caramel, bananas foster, hazelnut confection, and pumpkin pie with pecans
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of persimmon
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Blue Cheese, Gorgonzola, Roquefort
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctively nutty and warming fortified wine with a top note of vibrant peach aromas.

The Producer

Lescombes Family Vineyards

The Producer
1325 de Baca Rd SE
Deming, NM 88030
USA
1 505-546-9324

Their Portfolio

90 Aldi NV Orange Mimosa, American 8% (USA) $9.99.
87 Aldi NV Pineapple Mimosa, American 8% (USA) $9.99.
85 Blue Teal NV Rio Rojo, New Mexico 12% (USA) $10.00.
86 Blue Teal NV Riesling, New Mexico 11% (USA) $10.00.
BR Blue Teal NV Red Moscato, New Mexico 11% (USA) $8.00. - Bronze Medal
BR DH Lescombes 2018 Heritage Series, Pinot Noir, New Mexico 12.5% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
87 DH Lescombes 2018 Heritage Series, Pinot Gris, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
90 DH Lescombes NV Ratafia, New Mexico 13% (USA) $28.00.
85 DH Lescombes 2018 Signature Series 631 Canyon Five, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
BR DH Lescombes 2015 Limited Release, Cabernet Franc, New Mexico 15% (USA) $36.00. - Bronze Medal
85 DH Lescombes 2019 Heritage Series Rosé, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
85 DH Lescombes 2018 631, Chenin Blanc, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
BR DH Lescombes 2018 631 Cab-Sangio, New Mexico 13% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR St. Clair Winery NV Special Reserve Imperial Kir, New Mexico 11.5% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
87 St. Clair Winery 2018 Pinot Grigio, New Mexico 11% (USA) $15.00.
88 St. Clair Winery NV Port, New Mexico 19% (USA) $28.00.
90 St. Clair Winery NV Special Reserve Kiva, New Mexico 19% (USA) $28.00.
BR St. Clair Winery 2018 Mimbres Pink, New Mexico 11% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR St. Clair Winery 2018 Mimbres White, New Mexico 11% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
89 St. Clair Winery 2018 Malvasia Bianca, New Mexico 11% (USA) $14.00.
88 St. Clair Winery 2017 Nativo, New Mexico 11% (USA) $15.00.
86 St. Clair Winery 2019 Mimbres Red, New Mexico 11% (USA) $12.00.
88 St. Clair Winery 2018 Bellissimo Sparkling Sweet Wine, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00.
87 St. Clair Winery 2018 Chardonnay, New Mexico 12.5% (USA) $14.00.
BR St. Clair Winery 2017 Special Reserve, Chenin Blanc, New Mexico 12% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
88 St. Clair Winery 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, New Mexico 14% (USA) $15.00.
BR St. Clair Winery 2018 Cab-Zin, New Mexico 13% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal

Fortified Wine

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Serve in a Copita
Fortified wines, those inevitable after-dinner elixirs, have been a part of the American wine industry since its inception. The early American taste for fortified wines was well documented, as the signing of the Declaration of Independence was toasted with a round of Madeira. It, along with port and sherry, was the preferred drink of the Eastern aristocracy well into our own century. That the native industry should strive to compete for this market was only natural.

As in much of the wine-producing New World, vintners took a run at sherry (and do to this day), but the results on the whole pale, often quite literally, when compared to the Spanish original. Port, however, has fared beter. While the climate and soil of Jerez has not been duplicated elsewhere, the broiling heat and winemaking practices of the Douro have proven much easier to replicate--perhaps nowhere more so than in California's Amador County and San Joaquin Valley.

Port-style wines are being made beyond California. As might be expected, a certain measure of heat helps; the most successful examples have come from warm states such as Missouri. As the saying goes, a little residual sugar can cover a multitude of sins, but the Missouri ports of producers such as Stone Hill and Mount Pleasant truly stand on their own, and have proven as consistently competent as many California versions.

Fortified refers to wines that have additional alcohol as the result of neutral spirits being added. The most common fortified wines are port and sherry, in which the alcoholic level is between 17% to 20%, higher than a standard table wine of about 13% -14.5%

Additional alcohol technically means these wines can age longer, but that period also depends on the type of wine produced, as some ports and sherries are rather light and need to be enjoyed within a few years of their release.

Given the higher percentage of alcohol, pairing these wines can be tricky, as they could overwhelm milder dishes. For port, rich cheeses, especially blue, are fine, as are walnuts. For a dry sherry, a tomato or cream soup would be an excellent match, while for a sweeter sherry, an almond tart or a simple pound cake with honey would be an excellent match. Otherwise, enjoy these wines on their own.