Five Great Dessert Wines

Friday, September 14th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Dessert wines are sweet wines typically served along with dessert. Despite its name, they are often best appreciated alone, or with fruit or bakery sweets. Here are the top wine finds that lie distinctly on the sweeter side of the vine.

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Bonny Doon Muscat Vin de Glaciere 2004 – This Californian dessert wine is enhanced with Muscats orange, Greco, and Giallo, adding to the already delicious aromatic purity of Muscat. In addition to the typical aromas of cinnamon, clove, and jasmine, it possesses the more subtle citrus undercurrents of tangerine, orange blossom, and Meyer lemon. The taste is reminiscent of sweet pineapple and candy-coated pear. This costs around $15.

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Chateau Guirard Sauternes 2005 – Wine Spectator graded this French dessert wine at around 95 to 100 points. It is thick and spicy, with a burst of dried pineapple, lemon, and honey. Full-bodied, very sweet flavor, and a long finish. Overall, a layered and beautiful creation. This costs around $70.

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Fiori delle Stelle Vidal Ice Wine 2005 – Casa Larga’s "liquid gold" is the winner in Best in Show Dessert Wine at 2007 Florida International Wine Competition, along with other notable wine awards along the way. This tasty East Coast wine has a brilliant yellow-gold hue, with orange, maple, and pineapple flavors, along with apricot and honey. This costs around $30.

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Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine 2005 – This Canadian wine displays an amazing yellow-gold color, with intense honey, pear, and tropical fruit aromas. Concentrated rich sweet honey, ripe apple, and pear flavors with balanced acidity and a lingering finish.

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Silvan Ridge Early Muscat 2006 – This Oregon dessert wine is a party favorite, with aromas of peaches, pear, apricots, and orange blossom that are sure to awaken your senses. It has crispy clean flavors of apple mixed with pears and peach. It keeps your attention with a semi-sweet, touch of spritz finish. A hint of bubble helps keep the texture light and a good balance of acidity makes for a cleansing, refreshing finish.