Great dessert wines are the perfect send-off to a memorable meal. After the main course has been cleared, bring out your best dessert wine and let everyone relax and take in the wonderful food and camaraderie. You'll find a fantastic selection of dessert wines to choose from here at WineTransit.com!
RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 13th May 2021 The 2019 Riesling Ice Wine comes in with 244 grams of residual sugar, 12.5 of total acidity and 9.6% alcohol. This is a bit pricier, but it would be my pick for best of the Inniskillin group. As lovely as the Vidal wines are, this is just a better grape. Rich but balanced nonetheless, it shows off its purity of aromatics and flavors to go with the unctuous texture. The peaches and apricots are obvious, as they tend to be on wines like this. Overall, this is super. It is a full-on dessert wine. Don’t drink this (or any of them) too warm. The price references a half bottle.SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jul 31, 2021 Apricot, peach, honey, lanolin and jasmine aromas and flavors highlight this silky dessert white. Beautifully balanced and long, shows a hint of spice on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2032. 1,100 cases made, 550 cases imported.WE9292 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2021 This Riesling Icewine offers sweet, honeyed flavors of apple sauce and peach pie, with accents of candied apricots and dried papaya. The acids balance out the sugar, which is finished at 230 g/L.WS9090 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 04/21 This is so rich it’s almost thick, like a lemon syrup. For all that weight, it’s impressively clean and clear in flavor, lit by the acidity that keeps it buoyant.
RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 11th May 2023 One of the icons of southern Italy, the 2020 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé (poured from a 750-milliliter bottle) is sun-dried Zibibbo (or Muscat of Alexandria) with fruit from pre-phylloxera vines planted in wind-swept terraces on this tiny Sicilian satellite island. Fruit is sourced from across 12 contrade on this volcanic island. With an abundant 79,000 bottles made, the wine opens to a dark amber color with aromas of dried fig, white raisin, honey, brown sugar and candied fruit. This hot-vintage expression is especially sweet and thick in texture. (Monica Larner)
ST9191 pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - Sep/Oct 2007 Bright gold. Ripe peach and apricot scents are deepened by buttery toffee and toasted nuts. Silky, sweet and pure, displaying an array of caramelized orchard and pit fruit flavors. Lush and open-knit on the long, sappy finish. This is a dessert by itself.RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 1st Oct 2006 Somewhat under the radar for American consumers is Elderton’s top-class Semillon Botrytis. The 2005, a Sauternes look-alike, reveals aromas of creme brulee, buttery pineapple, and toasty oak in its rich, moderately sweet personality. Good background acidity and structure suggest it will evolve nicely for a decade.
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 18th Nov 2021 Packaged in 1,800 precious 375-milliliter bottles, the organic Feudo Montoni NV Passito Bianco is made with air-dried Grillo (80%) and Catarratto grapes (20%). It aged in wood for seven months. This pretty Sicilian dessert wine opens to dark golden color with bright amber highlights. The bouquet is exuberant and loud, with white raisin, honey, apricot and maple syrup. Those dried grape skin aromas from the appassimento process are the most pronounced. This is a luscious, full-bodied dessert wine. (Monica Larner)VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Jun 2021 The NV Feudo Montoni Bianco Passito blends Grillo and Catarratto to create a seductively tropical and exotic bouquet. Blood orange, candied ginger, peach preserves, mint and a hint of citrusy juniper waft up from the glass. It’s deeply textural and weighty yet also nicely balanced, contrasting both savory and sweet throughout with perfumed inner florals and salty minerals, mixing with ultra-ripe mango and hints of papaya. While long and staining, this leaves the palate remarkably fresh, blending an assortment of dried fruits with hazelnut richness and hints of coconut. There is so much pleasure to be found in this glass. (Eric Guido)
RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 20th Apr 2023 The 2021 Riesling Late Harvest comes in with 47 grams of residual sugar and 9% alcohol. Sugar becomes the keynote here, but this is hardly all that sweet. It’s just young and lush. The sugar on the finish makes the overall presentation a bit nicer, perhaps, than on the other wines in the lineup since it covers up any missing expression of fruit in this rainy vintage. The price is nice too, but you will have to like that sugary edge. There’s not a lot of intensity, but this still has a shot at holding pretty well. If I had a quibble, it did seem to get a little funky in aromatics as it aired out. It still showed well overall, though, so let’s lean up for the moment. There were 1,099 cases produced. (Mark Squires)