An ejoyable dessert wine devoid of too much sugar or alcohol

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Brand NameChaddsford
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Wine NameSweet Late Harvest Style Riesling
Vintage (Year)2006
AVAFinger Lakes
CountryUnited States
Wine ClassWhite
Wine TypeRiesling
Wine GroupsHeaven in a Bottle
Alcohol %10.5%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 - $20
Site Rating9 (on a scale of 1-10)

For those that know me, I am a big fan of dessert wines, both big in alcohol and up to moderate in sugar [with some exceptions]. I had been dying to try this wine as soon as I saw it on Chaddsdford's website, but it's not carried in the state stores. Well, when I finally went out to the winery to taste and review some of these wines, Eric [Miller] bequeathed me with a bottle.

I was expecting a high sugar content, but actually didn't get that, and it was actually great with that aspect. The residual sugar level is 9.7% and it gives you a taste that is sweet but serene and demure, never hitting you with a sweet tooth sized sugar rush, but transporting the gentlest flavors of fruit (apricot, peach, nectarine) within a liquid with a mild level of weight that goes above that of any typical white wine; it's not as heavy as most dessert wines, and this is also a pleasant thing to behold.

While I might have first expected a headier wine in both alcohol and body, this actually comes off as something rather dignified that you can enjoy by itself, or along with a nice light dessert, or assortment thereof.

Keep keeping it classy Chaddsford!


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