Thursday, December 31, 2009

***+ $$$ Hopkins Vineyard Estate Bottled Vidal Blanc, Late Harvest Dessert Wine, Western Highlands, CT, 2001 - Wine Review and Rating

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By way of background:Hopkins Vineyard Estate Bottled Vidal Blanc is a sweet white wine from the western highlands area of Connecticut.  The Vidal Blanc grapes are grown in the vicinity of the northern shore of Lake Waramaug, and vinted in New Preston.  The Vidal Blanc is finished at a modest 10.5% alcohol.  This is a long-cellared 2001 vintage, now over 8 years from vintage date.

In the glass: The vintage Hopkins Vineyard Vidal Blanc is deep caramel gold.

On the nose: Poured without a decant and swirled vigorously, aromas are of an old hay and fruit puree, allowed to roast in the sun for a few days.

On the palate:A first pleasant sweet note of ripe apricots touches the front of your tongue.  That glides with very light caramel overtones towards the sides and back of your mouth, edging lightly into your cheeks.  Acids are very mild, and play a mellow, supporting role to the clean, rich fruit.

And the finish:The finish is built of caramel with tiny hints of citrus, percolating in your cheeks for a good, long while.

In summary:Still a pleasant, sweet, apricot and caramel-driven experience long on pleasure.  Three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a definite plus for pleasure. 

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