UnCorked Dessert Wine Tasting – Hosted by Heritage Wine Cellars
Dessert Wine Tasting
Miles Madeira “Rainwater” Medium Dry NV
Miles Madeira comes to us from the island of Madeira in Portugal. Rainwater refers to the style of Madeira which tends to be lighter, crisper, and dried than other Madeiras. It was aged in American oak for three years imparting oak, cedar, and vanilla notes. The Madeira was pale amber with characteristics of burnt caramel, dried fruits, and orange blossom.
Miles Madeira “Colheita” 2006
This Miles Madeira differs from the first in it is a Vintage Madeira or “Colheita”. We tasted a 2006 vintage and it was wonderful to compare these two side by side. The Colheita was amber color with characteristics of toffee, cedar, tobacco, jammy citrus, and raisins.
Madeira Fact – Madeira is cooked and oxidized making it virtually indestructible. Invest in a good Madeira and take your time enjoying. Once opened it can last for years on the shelf.
Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2010
This Vin Santo was heavenly which is fitting given Vin Santo translates to Holy Wine. This dessert wine comes from Chianti in Tuscany, Italy and is made from the grapes Trebbiano and Malvasia. The grapes are hand picked and dried on straw mats before fermentation. This process condenses the sugars and adds a dried fruit quality to the wine. With a golden amber hue and characteristics of honey, golden raisins, dried fruits, nuts, and vanilla. A beautiful balance between sweetness and acidity.
Hirschbach Beerenauslese Rheinhessen 2015
Lets start with saying I’m a big fan of Riesling and I was thrilled to see this on the tasting. German labels can be confusing so let’s break it down. Hirschbach is the Producer and Rheinhessen is the region in Germany. So what is Beerenauslese? It translates to “berry selection” and the grapes are picked by hand based on the ripeness of the grape. This is just one designation from the German and Austrian Prädikatswein Categories. They look for grapes that are shriveled up and affected by Botrytis or “Noble Rot” to give this wine its trademark flavor. Seeing Beerenauslese on the label implies this Riesling is a sweet wine. Straw yellow in color with characteristics of peach, stone fruit, lychee, petrol, brioche, and high acidity.
Disznoko Tokaji Aszu Puttonyos 2008
Much like Beerenauslese and Sauternes, Tokaji is a dessert wine made from Botrytis “Noble Rot”. Tokaji is divided into four catergories – Aszu, Eszencia, Szamorodni, and Forditas & Maslas. We tried an Aszu which is Noble Rot Grapes mixed with standard grape must, it is required to age 18 months in Oak. It has its own sweetness scale from 3 Puttonyos to the sweetest at 6 Puttonyos. This golden wine has notes of honey, flowers, caramelized tropical fruit with acidity that balances the mouthfeel.
Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 2009
This Sauternes was the definition of decadent, not to mention paired along Foie Gras. Another Botrytis affected dessert wine that comes in at $187.00 a bottle if purchased at the tasting and was rated 97 by Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine Spectator. This gold and honey colored wine has notes of peach marmalade, beeswax, apricots with mineral and spices on the finish. Its balanced acid and fruity sweetness keeps you reaching for another sip.