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92 • Williamsburg 2006 Late Harvest, Vidal Blanc, Virginia $24/375 ml.
Pale amber color with a golden cast. Sweet golden raisin toast, honey, and delicate spice aromas follow through on a round, supple entry to a sweet,fruity medium-full with rich notes of apricot preserves, caramel apples, and clementines. Finishes with a long, tangy fade with accents of minerals and moss. Excellent structure, depth of flavor, and balance. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
91 • Quady 2007 Red Electra, Muscat, California $13.99. Best Buy.
Pretty translucent garnet color with a blue violet rim. Sweet, spicy huckleberry, cherry jam, and leather aromas follows through on a crisp, lively entry to a sweet fruity medium body with nice grape and sweet citrus notes on the fade. A delicious, nicely structured dessert wine that will go great with chocolates. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
90 • Quady 2007 Electra, Orange Muscat, California $13.99.
Bright yellow color with fleeting effervescence. Bright lively aromas of dried peach, oily suede, and praline follow through slightly spritzy entry to a fruit sweet medium with a crisp, honeyed nectarine and tangerine fade. A zesty, delicious fruity dessert wine that will go great with cheeses and nuts. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
90 • Montezuma NV "Dragonfly" Black Currant Apple Wine, New York State $11.99. Best Buy.
Bright ruby color. Rich currant and spiced apple aromas follows through on a soft, round entry to a fruity sweet medium body with a nice purity and depth of flavor. Finishes with a touch of spicy cranberry sauce and excellent mouthwatering acidity on the long finish. A delicious, well balanced fruit wine that will make an excellent substitute for rosé at the table with spicy meals. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
89 • Pessagno 2006 Griva Vineyard Late Harvest, Sauvignon Blanc, Arroyo Secco $35/375 ml.
Deep old gold color. Rich honeyed apricot and golden raisin aromas are inviting silky entry leads to a oily, sweet medium-full body with a nice note buttery caramel. Finishes with a dashes of peppery spice and peach jam. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
88 • Prix 2007 Reserve White Riesling, Napa Valley $36.
Silvery straw green color. Lively aromas of lime, kiwi, mint, and putty-like minerals follow through on a silky entry to a sweet tart medium body with a tart, grapefruit rind and peach skin fade. A crisp, off-dry white to pair with spicy Asian shellfish dishes. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
88 • Pacific Rim 2006 "Vin de Glaciere", Riesling, Columbia Valley $17.99/375 ml.
Deep yellow golden color. Golden raisin, honeyed apricot, and light mineral aromas follows through on a supple entry to a sweet fruity medium-to-full body with peach and citrus marmalade accents. Finishes with a tangy, peach and honey fade. A tasty after dinner treat. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
88 • Herzog 2006 Special Reserve Late Harvest, Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg $19. Kosher
Golden yellow color. Vibrant mango, sweet potato, and honeyed peach aromas follow through on a soft, silky entry to a fruity sweet medium body with delicate spiced apple and dried lime peel accents. Finishes with a nicely tangy mineral accented fade. A pleasant fruity after dinner treat to pair with cheeses. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
87 • Knapp 2006 Estate Bottled, Vignoles, Cayuga Lake $9.95.
Bright golden yellow color. Baked green apple, golden raisin, and honey aromas follow through on a crisp entry to a fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body with apple core and lemon accents. Finishes drying, tart fruit tannin fade. A nicely structured off-dry white. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
85 • Mount Pleasant NV Pink Catawba, American $7.99. Best Buy.
Silvery pink color with a pale orange cast. Grape pie and lemon marmalade aromas follow through on a brisk entry to a sweet, tangy light-to-medium body with a crisp honeyed green apple fade. A pleasant, semisweet quaffer. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
85 • Maryhill 2006 Muscat Cannelli, Columbia Valley $18.
Platinum straw color. Lilac, dried peach, and creamy nougat aromas follow through on a soft, supple entry leads to a fruity sweet medium-to-full body with accents of honeyed apples and spice. Finishes with a tart, floral talc and citrus peel fade. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
84 • Pacific Rim 2006 Sweet, Riesling, Columbia Valley $12.99.
Silvery straw color with a faint fizz. Faint aromas of rubber, baked peach, and grapefruit rind follow through on a soft entry to a sweetish light-to-medium body and a honeyed fade. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
84 • Rotta Winery 2004 Black Monukka Dessert Wine, California $22/375 ml.
Deep copper color. Honeyed rye toast, buttery praline, mocha, fig, and peppery spice aromas follows through on a soft, satiny entry to a sweet medium-to-full body with a crisp, peppery raisin, baked apple and coffee candy-like fade. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
83 • Silver Lake 2007 Roza, Riesling, Rattlesnake Hills $8.49.
Yellow straw color. Shy waxy apple and peanut brittle aromas. A soft entry leads to a sweet, fruity medium body of caramel apple, nut, and lime custard flavors with a quick, fruit tannin fade. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
83 • Pindar 2006 Estate Bottled, Late Harvest Chardonnay, North Fork of Long Island $18.88/375 ml.
Bright yellow golden color. Citrus peel, honey cream, mineral, and leafy herb aromas follow through on a round, satiny entry to a fruity sweet medium-to-full body with a quick, tart quince, talc, and peach skin fade. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
82 • Hyatt Vineyards 2007 Riesling, Rattlesnake Hills $8.
Golden straw color. Sweet peach cobbler and caramel apple aromas follow through on a fruity medium body with lemon curd accents. Finishes with a tart, lightly pithy, earthy, and leafy fade. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)
81 • Bella Vista 2005 Late Harvest, Petite Sirah, Temecula $18.95/375 ml.|Find-a-Wine|
Inky violet garnet color. Herbal, pepper, and baked berry aromas follow though on a soft entry to a flabby, off-dry medium body with dusty dried berry, raisin, and balsa berry box flavors and a quick, pithy, firm tannin fade. (tasted on Jun-03-2008)