Dessert Wines in Stock

posted Feb 8, 2012, 2:12 PM by christy bergman   [ updated Oct 2, 2012, 2:07 PM ]
Tasting Sun 4-6pm.  Enjoy a flight of 4 wines for $25; a full glass for $9.  Also open when we have special events, please check our Calendar of Events.  I selected all of these wines because they're local, small production, good value, and very enjoyable with or without food.  In cases where I haven't found a good local example, I've got an import on the list.


- 2009, Bonneau Wine, Late Harvest Chardonnay, Los Carneros.  $15/375ml bottle.  A little bit of yogurt tingle on your tongue is followed by orange zest with Bonneau Winery 2009 Late Harvest Chardonnay, Estate, Carneros. Aromatic, sweet, rich. 8% residual sugar. 100% Stainless Steel Tank, 100% Natural yeast, 3-1/2 months sur lies, stirred every 3 weeks.

- 2010, Uvaggio, Moscato Dolce, Bella Vigne Vineyard, Lodi.  $18. 
Aromatic and flavorful - versatile as a low alcohol aperitivo or dessert wine.  Lively aromas and flavors of candied ginger, ripe tropical fruits mango, papaya, star fruit. Alcohol 8.4%.

- 12-yr solera system aged, Wellington Vineyards, White Port, Sonoma Valley.  $30/500ml bottle. Field blend of Palomino, Monbadon, Semillon, Sauvignon Vert, Trousseau Gris, Sylvaner, Riesling. Aromas of coconut, cream, and spice cookies.


- 2006 Pedroncelli, “Four Grapes” vintage Port, Dry Creek Valley.  $18/500ml bottle.  The grapes for this dessert wine came from Pedroncelli’s (est. 1927) estate vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, a four acre vineyard planted in 1995.  Local legend has it the traditional Port vines were smuggled in by Raymond Burr the actor:  Tinta Madeira, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional, and Souzao. Harvested as a field blend, made by the vintage and aged in bottle.  Dark fruit aromas of blackberry and plum. Raspberry flavors with fruitcake, chocolate and black pepper finish.

- 2005 Godspeed Vineyards, Estate “Trinity” blend Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah; Napa Valley. $19/375ml bottle.  Owner/Grower: Larry Stryker. 
With a nose of black cherry, roasted coffee & black pepper, it's mouth filling, superbly balanced with a lingering chocolate finish exhibiting the unique terroir of Mount Veeder. At 13.5% alcohol, this is a very food friendly wine.  I sometimes use this as a dry wine pairing for chocolate dessert.  The half-bottles are tall and make an impressive-looking dessert bottle.

- NV, KOPKE, Fine Ruby Port, Porto, PORTUGAL.  $15/375ml bottle. From the oldest port makers in Portugal, dating back to 1638. This young ruby is perfectly balanced with light sweetness and a spicy finish.