Jack’s Dessert Wine Tasting Monday, January 30th, 2017

Join us on Monday, January 30th at 7 pm as we taste through seven delicious dessert wines. Historic after dinner wine styles, taste your way through Spain, Portugal, Hungary and some amazing wine created by trade with the “new” American Colonies. Not to be missed! These will warm up your winter and Valentines day.

Admission is $25 per person and must be made in advance at Tipple’s or by phone (352-672-6303). Sorry, no refunds or cancellations, please make sure you can attend before signing up! In addition to the featured wines, your admission includes a Riedel wine glass that is yours to keep, special pricing on the featured wines, and light hors d’ouevres.

The Featured Wines

2008 Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos Aszu

Winemaker’s Notes: This Aszú wine is very complex; its intense sweetness is balanced by crispy acidity. On the palate, tropical fruit, lime and grapefruit meet with freshness. It has a very long finish.

Royal Tokaji’s Aszu wines are wonderful on their own as an apéritif or digestif, with cigars and petits fours. Given their bright acidity, these wines also pair well with a wide variety of foods, including foie gras, fruit tarts, chocolate desserts and a variety of cheeses.
92 Points Wine Spectator: Shows some intensity, with aromas and flavors of orange peel, grapefruit, clove and dried apricot. This is vibrant and tangy, offering a long aftertaste that introduces smoke and mineral elements.
91 Points Wine Enthusiast: Aromas of butterscotch, apricot preserves and vanilla caramel lead to flavors of quince preserves and apricot tart. Round in the mouth, it shows excellent structure and delights with refreshing acidity on the finish.

2014 Dashe Late Havest Zinfandel

Winemaker’s Notes: Reddish purple with aromas of wild cherry, pomegranate, lavender and violetes, followed by dried cranberry, black raspberry, cocoa, vanilla, and black pepper. On the palate intense, vibrant red fruit-wild cherry, cranberry, pomegranate-mixed with darker flavors of black currant, plums, and hints of chocolate and vanilla. Nice acidity, making the wine balanced and sweet, but not at all cloying-an ideal dessert wine.

Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Madeiria Boston Bual

Winemaker’s Notes: Boston Bual boasts incredible balance and refreshing acidity. The hallmark of this wine is its otherworldly complexity, featuring cinnamon-clove spiciness with overtones of citrus peel and woodsmoke. There is just enough sweetness to excel as an after-dinner wine, but its long, dry finish also makes it work beautifully with food.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast: Lightly richer than the Charleston Sercial, the Boston Bual boasts knockout aromas of toasted nut oil, orange peel and hints of dark honey or maple syrup. Despite the extra weight and sweetness, it’s not cloying at all the finish is mouthwatering and long.

92 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: Light, bright amber. Deep aromas of cherry pit, candied orange, toffee and molasses, lifted by a note of dried rose. Chewy in texture, with dry-edged nut and burnt orange flavors, a touch of molasses sugar and good back-end grip. Quite sweet but the wine’s acidity adds focus, nerve and finishing bite.

Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Madeiria Savannah Verdelho

Winemaker’s Notes: Savannah Verdelho is simply incredible, its bouquet exuding orange zest and buttery shortbread with hints of ginger, milk chocolate, and almonds. Lightly sweet with zesty acidity to keep it fresh, the palate reveals notes of candied citrus, ginger, and spicy honey. The finish sharpens all of the above into a refreshing and palate-cleansing blend of spiciness and citrus sweetness. 

93 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: Medium amber with a green rim. Aromas of burnt orange, tobacco, toffee and herbs, with a hint of potpourri adding an exotic component. Broader and deeper than the Charleston, offering sappy orange marmalade, chestnut honey and toffee flavors underscored by tangy acidity. Shows a sweet, nutty quality on the smoky, gently spicy finish. I like this wine’s heft and thrust. 

Valdespino El Candado

Winemaker’s Notes: An intense color of mahogany with deep aromas of dried fruits (figs and raisins) and subtle notes of chocolate and coffee. The palate is very smooth and velvety with prune notes and a very long finish.

93 Points Wine & Spirits: Offers layers of macerated date, ganache, warm caraway, buckwheat honey and chocolate-covered orange peel notes, with a deep, intense finish that lets a wonderfully smoky hint curl through. The power is obvious, the range and definition more subtle.

Valdespino Inocente

Winemaker’s Notes: Inocente’s flavor profile has been essentially unchanged over the past 200 years. It continues to provide all the yeastiness and minerality that has made it Jerez’s most revered Fino for generations. It is widely regarded as the archetype for traditional Fino Sherry.

94 Points Robert Parker: The NV Fino Inocente must be one of the few wines in Jerez that is still fermented in 600-liter American oak botas, which is an incredible amount of work compared with fermenting tens of thousands of kilos of grapes (or even more) in a big stainless steel tank. This method was the norm of yesteryear, but is so labor intense that it was discontinued in most wineries, and gives a big diversity of wines, as each barrel has its own character, which contributes to the complexity of the blend. Furthermore, the bottled wine is on average 8 to 10 years old. One other thing that makes it apart from other Finos is that the grapes are exclusively from the high part of the Macharnudo vineyard, so this is a single-vineyard Fino. The nose is very complex, showing the effect of the long lees contact: chalk, dried hay, aromatic herbs and salty almonds. The palate is full, but at the same time elegant and balanced, powerful and fine, with the texture of a Meursault rather than a Puligny. A very complex wine, that manages to be both powerful and elegant. Inocente is great value for money.

93 Points Wine & Spirits: Imagine the juice of salted almonds and you’ll have an idea of the flavor of this complex Fino. That almond flavor is seasoned with sea salt notes and moderated by firm acidity that refrehses the substantial weight of the wine, while smoky aromas give it an extra touch of complexity. Inocente is a single vineyard within the famed pago Macharundo; before spending eight years under flor, it was fermented in barrels, a traditional practice now rare in Jerez.

Smith Woodhouse Lodge Reserve Port

Winemaker’s Notes: This Port is made from the best Reserve wines carefully chosen for their concentrated rich fruit style. Aged in wood casks for three to four years, it is bottled ready to drink. It pairs well with creamy blue cheese or dark chocolate.

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