Saturday, February 26, 2011

Three Sweet Wines- Tasting Notes & Review

2006 Crista Collection Muscat de Beaumes de Venise -Rhone, France
In the glass: Clear pale gold color
On the nose: Predominantly a pungent alcohol smell, underneath that were aromas of mango, grape, peach and vanilla.
On the palate: Sweet, medium acidity, medium body, high alcohol (15% abv-which by law is the minimum level) with flavors of peach cobbler and a medium length finish.
An acceptable wine at $20 due to the heavy alcohol on the nose.

2005 Valckenberg Beerenauslese Riesling -Rheinhessen, Germany
In the glass: Clear medium gold color
On the nose: Clean, medium intensity aromas of apricot, pear, orange peel, grass, yeast and a stoney minerality with a hint of petrol.
On the palate: Sweet, medium acidity, medium+ body, low alcohol (10% abv) with flavors of baked pear, honey and marmalade and a long finish.
An outstanding wine at $35 for a half bottle.

2001 , Kereskedohaz Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos -Hegyalja, Hungary
In the glass: Clear medium amber color
On the nose: Clean, pronounced aromas of honey, apricot, cedar and a bit of canned artichoke.
On the palate: Sweet, medium acidity, medium+ alcohol, full body with flavors of honey, raisins, toasted nuts and marmalade with a long finish.
A very good wine for $25 a bottle.