I bought this Tawny Port to compare to the Ruby version I recently tasted. It is a medium garnet color, less intense that the ruby port. The nose is quite pronounced with raisins, prunes, jammy blackberry, walnuts, Brazil nuts and dusty mocha. Semi sweet on the palate with medium acidity and medium tannins. I get rich flavors of stewed black fruit with prunes and raisins. The nuttiness is not as pronounced on the palate as the nose but it is still present. The heat on the back end is quite noticeable on this full bodied wine. It’s delicious with a long finish that I’m savoring. For the price of $23 this 91 pointer gets 5 stars from me. I’m trying to decide if I prefer Ruby vs. Tawny port. You? Drink this with some rich cheese. Salut….
I love Port, but I’ll be honest…. the packaging lured me on this one. Who doesn’t need a small decanter to have around? This Ruby Port is deep garnet colored and sports the traditional 20% ABV. The nose is gorgeous- ripe black plum jam, golden raisins, caramel, toffee, figs and bakers spice box. The palate is semi-sweet with lush stewed black fruit, toffee, caramel, figs and spices. Medium (-) acidity and a full body with supple tannins make for a great mouthfeel. The finish is long and laced with black fruit nuance. The alcohol is noticeable but not a detractor, well integrated. This is a delicious bottle of dessert wine that begs for blue cheese and some apricots with almonds. I love it- 92 points from me. Th upcharge for the decanter and packaging brings this beauty to $42. Get one for the souvenir factor and then downgrade to the regular 750ml bottles to lay around, they run $19 and are well worth stocking up on for the cold winter ahead. 5 stars, drink now. Salut….
There’s dessert wines and then there is Chateau d’Yquem. Head and shoulders above the rest it is the only Supérieur Premier Cru in the region. This botrytised wine was still very young but we got exactly what we wanted out of it-
Deep gold colored. Honey, apricot, lemon marmalade, orange preserves, white blossom, nuts, super sweet with medium (+) acidity. Full bodied. Youthful, long finish. 96 points
A pretty basic write up, but when you are sipping this stunner with chocolate lava cake it’s hard to divert too much attention to making assessments. An amazing wine to savor with friends for the next 30 years or so. I have to agree with the pros, this is at least a 96 point wine that gets 5 stars. Salut….
Deep ruby color. The nose has a unique greeness to it on first whiff. With a bit of air I am able to coax dried blueberry, cola, mint(?) and sultanas. It’s not what I was expecting tbh. The palate is semi-sweet, warm (from the 20%ABV) and inviting. The wine is tannic and has gobs of acidity. Full bodied for sure it has more classical Port flavors than what I got on the nose. Dried black and blue berries, nuts, cola, prunes, sultanas and a richness of stewed black fruit. It leaves a tannic impression on my gums well after the medium length finish fades. What started out as a questionable Port wine turned into a delicious effort that gets 90 points from me. These are meant to be drunk on release, so don’t waste any time! Widely available for $16 it’s worth stashing a bottle or two for a late night treat with some warm chocolate gateaux. 5 stars. Salut….
This is a new one for me- Vin Santo (not to be confused with Vinsanto) is a technique of drying the grapes in the rafters of a shed and pressing the dried grapes later in the season. The must is then sealed in small barrels and left for several years to ferment, slowly, integrating with the barrel and it’s oxygen. Mainly Trebbianno, they also add Sangiovese and Malvasia to the blend. These small barrels are called Carati and are sealed once 70% filled, creating ample air space. This one is now 13 years old and is medium amber colored. The liquid slides down the glass in a watery sheen, versus the traditional legs, which imply a viscous texture is to be expected.
The nose has pronounced aromas of dried apricot, honey, walnuts, hazelnuts, orange marmalade, a touch of bread dough and cream. The palate is medium sweet with medium acidity and full body. Medium alcohol and a mouth coating richness make for a beautiful mouthfeel. The flavors are pronounced- honey, dried apricot and nuts with much less bread/yeast notes. The marmalade is less intense but adds depth. This delicious dessert wine has a decently long finish and gets 92 points from me. I would love some sharp cheese to pair with it and can see it aging nicely till 2030 at the least. I paid $25 for this 5 star sticky and would do it again for the cellar. Yummy stuff. Salut….
Medium gold in the glass, this dessert style wine from Greece has pronounced aromas of honey, orange marmalade, blossom, a hint of lychee, some rose water and soursop. On the palate it is medium sweet with medium acidity, a full body and medium (-) intensity flavors. The mouthfeel is really pleasant, not cloying- more like a refreshing sticky. The finish is medium length and accentuates the honey component with orange notes. This wine retails for $13. That’s a steal IMO. 88 points from me makes it a 4 star effort to have laying around in case you need something sweet after dinner. Stock up. Salut….
I’m on a sweet wine roll, two in one day. This South African blend of Riesling/Viognier is a stunning deep gold color. The nose is right up my alley- rich aromas of dried apricot, honey, blood orange marmalade, candied pineapple, peach and a touch of lychee. Amazing, complex and very enticing. The palate is very sweet, unctuous and full bodied. Medium (+) acidity keeps this wine very balanced and I love the pronounced flavors. The honey component is taking center stage but I also get lively fresh fruit even though the Botrytis driven flavors are very present. At 163g/l of residual sugar, this is considered a luscious wine- and it is just that! At $20 for 375ml, it is a great dessert wine to have a few bottles of. 93 points from me for this 5 star wine to serve with a warm tart and ice cream. Salut….
Vin de Paille is a new one to me- basically a sweet wine made from grapes that have been dried on straw mats and then pressed. The resultant must being very high in sugar, hence a sweet wine once it has fermented to over 14% ABV by law. This one is medium amber in the glass. The nose reminds me of sherry- loads of nuts, caramel, orange marmalade, toffee, stewed apricot and marzipan. Quite complex and exciting. The palate is medium dry, not as sweet as I was expecting. It is a touch bitter, like orange rind. Juicy acidity and a full body with great delivery of the tertiary notes that this developed wine has gained. My mouth is watering, either from the acid or the sheer desirability to take another taste- not sure which. It is quite buoyant even though it’s full bodied. A very slippery wine that is easy to fall for. I love a good Botrytised wine, but this style of dessert wine is catching on with me. It retails for $63 and gets 93 points from me. It will drink well for another decade and gets 5 stars. Try something different in the sweet whites! It begs for a creamy Cambozola with some nuts and dry crackers. Salut….
This dessert style Bordeaux wine is pale gold in the glass- a stunning shade imho. The nose is chock full of Botrytis-driven goodness. Dried apricots, honey, marzipan, orange marmalade, candied ginger. The palate is sweet, luscious and silky- yet full bodied. It’s hard to tell that there is much acidity, but if it lacked that key component this wine would be out of balance, which it’s not. Unctuous flavors of apricot, honey, marmalade and candied ginger caress my palate so beautifully. The worst part of the finish on this wine is the the fact that it ends, after a decently long time lingering on my palate. Still young, this blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc will further evolve and be delicious until 2033. 92 points from me for this $ $28 stunner makes it a 5 star effort. Salut….
Grüner Veltliner Eiswein is a new one for me. This one is deep gold in the glass with a watery sheen highlighting the relatively low 8% ABV. The nose is exquisite- pronounced aromas of stewed apricots, grilled honey, mango, geranium, almond slivers, white peach, mandarin orange peel and bananas foster. Stunning. The palate is lusciously sweet. Low acidity, full bodied, unctuous and simply delicious. The primary flavor I get is stewed stone fruit, with honey in abundance. Floral notes, nutty nuance and a hint of mango and orange citrus makes for a yummy experience. This is spectacular. 98 points was awarded by one pro. I have to agree. This $50 sticky is amazing and gets 5 stars. I feel it will drink well till 2035. #blownaway. Salut….