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93 • Calera 2006 Dessert, Viognier, Mount Harlan $30/375 ml.
Pale golden yellow color. Spicy aromas of mango custard and gingerbread follow through on silky entry to a moderately sweet medium-to-full body with layers of tangy dried peach, floral honey, and pineapple. Finishes with a long, juicy, refreshing fade with a hint of praline. A delicious and balanced dessert wine to pair with dessert or cheeses. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
93 • Quady 2007 Essensia, Orange Muscat Dessert Wine, California $24.99.
Burnished deep amber color. Complex aromas of dried apricot, suede, and floral honey follow through on a supple entry to a moderately sweet medium-full body with great depth and a long, tangy, spicy orange and apple peel accented fade. A great dessert wine; serve with creamy cheeses. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
91 • Quady 2007 Elysium, Black Muscat Dessert Wine, California $24.99.
Deep crystalline garnet color. rich aroma of honeyed blackberries and spice follow through. tangy and tart with a touch of suede. Very nice. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
90 • Treleaven 2007 Late Harvest, Vignoles, Finger Lakes $22.99/375 ml.
Pale golden color. Aromas of golden raisins, creme caramel, baked peaches and flint follow through on a racy entry to a fruity sweet medium body with ripe honeycrisp apple and spice notes. Finishes with a smoky mineral accented fade. A zesty dessert wine with nice complexity; pair with creamy cheeses and pate. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
90 • Heron Hill 2007 Late Harvest, Vidal Blanc, Finger Lakes $19.99/375 ml.
Pale silvery straw color. Honeyed dried peach aromas follow through on a silky entry to a fruity sweet medium body with tangy mandarin orange notes and a long, juicy cream accented finish. Very nicely balanced and tasty. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
89 • Prix 2007 Rancho Wieruszowski Reserve, White Riesling, Napa Valley $36. Kosher
Straw color. Aromas of nectarine and cream with hints of melon and rubber sap follow through on a lively, satiny entry to a fruity sweet medium body with a honeyed green apple note. Finishes with a long tangy finish. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
89 • Elkhorn Peak NV Dessert Wine, California $20/375 ml.
Golden color. Aromas of creme brulee, toasted coconut, and dried mango follow through on a supple entry to a fruity sweet medium body with nice depth of fruit and bright acidity. Finishes with a dried white flower and spicy pineapple compote accented fade. A mellow, drier American oak influenced dessert wine tat will go great with nuts, cheeses, and pies. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
88 • Heron Hill 2005 Ingle Vineyard Select Late Harvest, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes $44.95/375 ml.
Pale silvery gold color. Deep aromas of dried apricots, fuel-like minerality, and singed nut skin follow through on a soft, brisk entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with dainty dried apple, burnt orange and tar accents on the mineral laden finish. Lots of dry, minerally Germanic character. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
88 • Andrus Island 2007 Select Harvest, Petite Sirah, California $25.99/500 ml.
Tar dark berry and nut flavors with good depth and length. Bright acidity and cocoa on the finish with dusty tannins. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
87 • Lynfred 2005 Cabernet Blush Dessert Wine, American $35/375 ml.
Pale salmon topaz color. Berry tart and fresh cream aromas follow through on a supple entry to a moderately sweet medium body with good depth and a 3-D vanilla cream character. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
87 • Rotta Winery 2004 Black Monukka Dessert Wine, California $22/375 ml.
Tawny copper color. Aromas of roasted peanuts in the shell, baker's chocolate, sherry, and raisin follow through on a soft, silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body with burnt sugar and orange notes. Finishes with a sherry sautéed nut and peppery spice fade. Fun. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
87 • Barefoot NV Moscato, California $6.99.
Pale silvery straw color. Waxy floral bath soap and sugared apricot aromas follow through on a bright, bouncy entry to a moderately sweet medium body with tangy orange zest and creamy vanilla pudding notes and a crisp finish. Very nice. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
86 • Desert Wind 2007 Late Harvest, Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley $35/375 ml.
Bright yellow golden color. Bright floral rose water and spicy peach compote aromas follow through on a soft entry to a fruity sweet medium body with bath oil and caramel apple notes. Finishes with a breezy fruit skin and spice fade. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
84 • Capay 2007 Late Harvest, Viognier, Capay Valley $16.99/375 ml.
Pale golden yellow color. Round aromas of apricot creme brulee and pound cake crust follow through on a soft, silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with nut oil and peppery spice note. Finishes with a tart, apple core, orange rind, and flint fade. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
84 • Zina Hyde Cunningham 2006 Orange Muscat, California $18/375 ml.
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of peach custard and Key lime pie are attractive and follow through on a very soft, slightly flat entry to a fruity sweet medium body with dried violet, apple core, delicate vanilla and river stone notes on the brisk finish. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)
83 • Pend d'Oreille NV "Oui" Dessert Wine, Washington $21/375 ml.|Find-a-Wine|
Cassis and cocoa aromas and flavors with a touch of hot pepper and gravel and twigs. Finishes with firm bitter nutshell accented fade. (tasted on Dec-05-2008)