Hints of vanilla and hazelnut dominate here, while the fruit takes a back seat. Some nice apple and pear notes come through, nonetheless. Toasty, clean, but a bit short on the finish.
Estate-bottled with assertive aromas of peach and apricot, this dessert wine tends towards the sweet but is balanced with a good acidity. May still be a tad sweet for fans of an icewine with a more measured touch, but the fruit is fresh and flavorful and the wine has complexity. Will pair well with creamy desserts—think vanilla ice cream or crème brûlée.
This has all of the easygoing, good raspberry and blueberry flavors that a Cabernet Franc should. The nose is rich in raspberry and pepper, and on the palate, the wine has good structure and length. Pair with lasagna or a spiced meat dish for extra appeal.
This Connecticut white starts out with a successful combination of yeasty baked vanilla aromas paired with some lemon citrus, then leads into clean, light flavors buoyed by a lively acidity. Refreshing and easy to drink, and priced fairly, this wine will pair well with broiled and grilled seafood dishes.
Herbal, green aromas are surrounded by leather, barrel char and some berry syrup. The mouth is sharp, featuring mostly pie cherry and cranberry fruit, and while the finish broadens out somewhat, it’s still a linear, hollow wine without much richness. —M.S.
This is an easy, approachable Chardonnay with toast, peppery aromas and a pretty balance of vanilla, toast and spice. It’s a soft style of wine that will pair well with cheeses, poultry dishes and salads.