Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Some terrific holiday dessert wines!

Here are a few terrific holiday dessert wines to consider, based on high ratings and great values from past Spirit of Wine Reviews.  Ratings and notes are from Spirit of Wine reviews.  Wine names link to retail availability via WineZap.

Yalumba Museum Muscat Barossa
***** Think orange chocolate carmel... as you sink into a thick lounge chair on a cold evening. A bright citrusy. orange nose and flash in the thick carmel sweetness. Finish lasts and lasts. Very nice, surprising, distinctive and well-liked by everyone. Remarkable deal too.

Buller Premium Fine Tokay
***+ On the palate, a silky sweet texture is the first note, liquid carmel moving across your tongue and into your cheeks. Just enough acid to bring it a lift and make you want to savor another sip. Three stars with a plus for its intensely pleasant nature.

Chambers Rosewood Vineyards Rutherglen Muscat
**** Viscous when it's swirled, bringing lively fresh-washed laundry, grassfields aromas. To the palate, it lifts up sweet black pepper with a clean back tea tannin. The finish wishes you farewell in excellent form, not overstaying its welcome at all. What a plesant and lightly profound experience.

Trevor Jones Jonesy Old Tawny Port
**** Huge value, huge flavor. Nice, full raisin and carmel blend, aromas true to the palate. It made me think there was more complexity coming, but a fairly quick finish left me ready for another sip just a bit too soon. But for the price, I'd be a fool to complain. In the winter though, given the choice, I'll still lean across the table for the Yalumba Museum Reserve Muscat.

Alvear 1927 Pedro Ximenez Solera
**** On the palate, this becomes liquified chocolate carmel creme, making its way down your throat ever so slowly, leaving memories of its passing on every taste bud and olfactory receptor it has passed. A very long-lasting dessert indeed.

Hogue Late Harvest White Riesling
***+ Aromas are of wet slate with a few grass clippings. Steely and intriguing. To the palate, lightly acidic sweetness is the first note. This is followed by a clean, rich, sweet honey middle, which fades fairly rapidly into the clean sunset.

Hardy's Whiskers Blake Classic Tawny Port
**** The first note is a sweet, acidic "yum". It hits in the front of your mouth, near the tip of your tongue. Then, the carmel cloak begins to trail down the sides of your cheeks, bringing sweetness up as it moves a pleasant acid tickle down below your tongue. 

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