Best Dessert Wine

I taste hundreds of Dessert wines every month. These are the best value Desserts I have reviewed recently: they offer terrific value for their taste and quality. These wine reviews are updated weekly.

Inniskillin Wines Riesling Icewine 2007
V.Q. A. Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Vintages Wine Panel: Both a pioneer and indefatigable innovator of Icewine, Inniskillin stands as the world leader of Canada’s vinous treasure. The incredible 2007 vintage in Niagara is one for the record books. The ideal conditions meant an earlier-than-usual harvest in January 2008 for this rich, concentrated Icewine. Beautifully balanced, this elegant Riesling displays sweet/tart layers of lemon/lime, honey and orange marmalade leading to a long refreshing finish. Delicious on its own or serve as a luxurious match for fruit, a rich cheese plate or apple crumble and ice cream. My note: Riesling-based icewine is my favorite hands down. It has greater complexity and balance than other grapes because of the terrific combination of acidity and fruit. Notes of ripe pear, apricot, peach and honey. Innskillin certainly knows how to make a masterful icewine. This is truly a benchmark of the breed. Riesling Icewine food pairings: chicken with a mushroom sauce, ribollita, lobster thermidor, crab salad, hard cheeses. Alcohol: 9%  Sweetness: Sweet  375 ml  Price: $69.95 Score: 93/100

This Riesling Icewine was reviewed December 6, 2008 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 558288  Check Stock
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Gould Campbell Vintage Port 1983
Douro, Portugal
Blackberry and blueberry jam with lovely depth and breadth. Superb quality. Alcohol: 20%  Sweetness: Sweet  750 ml  Price: $79.00 Score: 92/100

This Port was reviewed November 13, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 731752  Check Stock
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Fonseca Bin 27 Reserve Port
Portugal
A gorgeous port with layers of warm, ripe plums and malts. Perfect to sip by the fire. Alcohol: 20%  Sweetness: Sweet  750 ml  Price: $16.95 Score: 90/100

This Fonseca Bin 27 Reserve Port was reviewed February 16, 2008 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 156877  Check Stock
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Smith Woodhouse Madalena Vintage Port 1996
Btld. 1998 Douro, Portugal
Vintages Wine Panel: Port lovers will adore Madalena’s fabulous aromas and flavors of super-ripe raspberries, preserved cherries and dark chocolate. No need to wait, this single-vineyard vintage Port is drinking superbly now. My note: Delicious aromas of blackberries and dark fruit. Vintage Port food pairings: mature artisanal cheeses. Sweetness: Sweet  750 ml  Price: $47.95 Score: 93/100

This Vintage Port was reviewed June 7, 2008 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 520106  Check Stock
 

Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Riesling Icewine 2008
Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Vqa, Canada
Spectacular elixir of honeyed apricot and lime drops. Beautifully balanced and superbly crafted. Sigh. Riesling Icewine food pairings: strong blue cheeses, seared foie gras, fresh fruit. Alcohol: 9.2%  Sweetness: Sweet  200 ml  Drink: 2011‐2020  Divine Dessert Wine  Price: $20.00 Score: 92/100

This Riesling Icewine was reviewed April 22, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 430561  Check Stock
 


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