Saturday, April 19, 2014

Reviews and Ratings: *** ** $ Wyldewood Cellars Sweet Muscadine and Blueberry Wines

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Today we are doing two unusual things at the same time - First, we are sampling two Kansas-based (sweet) wines, from Wyldewood Cellars.  Second, we are sampling these wines at a point FAR beyond their intended drinking age.  The wines are not vintage-dated, but they were each purchased about nine years ago, making them almost a full decade old each.  They were cellared cool.


Original tasting and review : The first wine is Wyldewood Cellars Muscadine American Sweet Wine, Kansas, non-vintage, finished at 11% alcohol.

In the glass: Light pink and orange.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, sweet peachy bubblegum notes.  From the aroma, seems like this will be simple and still lively.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated - lively, quite sweet, bright with bouncy candy-like peach and chewing gum flavors.  Perky acids that nicely balanced the sugars.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy and friendly three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  At the bargain price point, this is a best value in the Spirit of Wine universe!
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Original tasting and review : This is Wyldewood Cellars Blueberry Sweet Wine, Kansas, non-vintage, finished at 11% alcohol.

In the glass:  Light brick, looks like a lighter port.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, piercing and perky red/purple acids, quite distinctive.   From the aroma, seems like this will be very high-pitched.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact distinctive and unique as anticipated, showing a fresh brambly fruit quality with an odd, piercing fruit quality.  Finishes quick but clean.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, but with the recognition that few, if any, lower-alcohol blueberry wines were intended for 10 years of age.

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