Posts Tagged Dessert

2012 Diamondback Vineyards ‘Bella Forte’, Gold Vineyard, Oregon

This Port-style dessert wine can’t be labeled “Port” because it wasn’t made in Portugal. But trust us: If you love “the real thing,” you’ll love this Oregon version, crafted by a vintner (John Quinones) who was educated by Portugal’s... Read more

Nectar of the Gods: Chateau St. Jean Dessert Wines

By Glen Frederiksen There was a time, around two decades ago, when the majority of Late Harvest dessert wines made in California simply didn’t stack up well alongside the dessert wines of the rest of the world. Labor intensive, difficult to... Read more

1999 Chateau St. Jean ‘Special Select Late Harvest’ Riesling, Belle Terre Vineyard, Alexander Valley

More than 14 years after it was made, this iconic Sonoma County dessert wine has taken on a Sauterne-like quality, lighter in the mouth than more recent vintages, kept fresh by its still-present acidity. Nearly identical in color to a sister... Read more

2006 Chateau St. Jean ‘Special Select Late Harvest’ Riesling, Belle Terre Vineyard, Alexander Valley

Brilliant deep amber in hue, this unctuous yet vibrant elixir offers oodles of concentrated, honeyed apricot in the nose, with whiffs of pine forest and orange zest. A crème brulee-like texture coats the mouth, adding a kiss of vanilla to the... Read more

2012 Hess Collection ‘Small Block Series’ Orange Muscat, Mendocino

Light straw color. With a few swirls of the glass, opulent, perfumed aromas of honeysuckle, Mandarin orange and a note of cream waft from the glass. Made just off-dry, this is a delightful, versatile wine, whether utilized as a welcome wine or with... Read more

2008 Pedroncelli ‘Four Grapes’ Vintage Port, Dry Creek Valley

Only a few wineries in California make “Port” that mirrors the lush, sweet wines of Portugal. Pedroncelli is one of them, and it achieves its authenticity by blending grape varieties used in making the “real thing” — Tinta Madeira, Souzao,... Read more

2007 Salinia Wine Company ‘Saint Marigold’ Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Made nearly in the style of the Jura's famous Vin Jaune, this "out there" Chardonnay is one part thought experiment, one part stellar dessert wine. At nearly 18 percent alcohol, it packs a wallop, and might well be called a sort of pseudo Armangac.... Read more

2010 d’Arenberg ‘The Noble Wrinkled’ Riesling, McLaren Vale, Australia

The color is a beautiful glowing apricot/amber shade. The lush, ripe nose oozes honey, marmalade and dried apricot, pear and peach aromas, along with a subtle note of spice. Thick in the mouth, just short of cloying, the wine coats the palate with... Read more

NV Stella Rosa ‘Stellaberry,’ Italy

Take a sweet Moscato wine that is a perennial best-seller, add a bit of natural berry flavors, and what do you have? A crowd-pleaser, that’s what. The sweet nose shows lots of strawberry and raspberry flavor, which follows through in the mouth.... Read more

2009 Macari Vineyards ‘Block E,’ North Fork of Long Island

The label reads, “White Table Wine,” and that it is. But this blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc also is a sublime dessert wine, with enticing notes of apricot, orange, tangerine and peach. Pleasantly sweet, it would make a... Read more