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        • Niepoort Colheita 2009  Front Label
          Niepoort Colheita 2009
          Port from Douro, Portugal
          • JS94
          0.0 0 Ratings
            Out of Stock (was $49.99)
          • Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage 2009 Front Label
            Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage 2009
            Port from Portugal
            • WE92
            • WS90
            3.6 7 Ratings
              Out of Stock (was $25.99)
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            • Pocas Junior Vintage Port 2009 Front Label
              Pocas Junior Vintage Port 2009
              Port from Portugal
              • WS95
              • WE91
              • W&S90
              0.0 0 Ratings
                Out of Stock (was $74.99)
              • Rombauer Joy Late Harvest Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                Rombauer Joy Late Harvest Chardonnay 2009
                Other Dessert from Carneros, California
                  0.0 0 Ratings
                    Out of Stock (was $7.99)
                  • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2009 Front Label
                    Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 2009
                    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
                    • WE100
                    • RP100
                    • WS98
                    • JS98
                    • D95
                    0.0 0 Ratings
                    Out of Stock (was $569.97)
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                  • Chateau Rabaud Promis Sauternes 2009 Front Label
                    Chateau Rabaud Promis Sauternes 2009
                    Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
                    • WE96
                    • RP94
                    • WS93
                    4.7 9 Ratings
                    Out of Stock (was $39.99)
                  • Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2009 Front Label
                    Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2009
                    Port from Portugal
                    • RP97
                    • WE96
                    • WS94
                    4.2 6 Ratings
                    Out of Stock (was $99.00)
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                  • Justin Obtuse (Port Style) 2009 Front Label
                    Justin Obtuse (Port Style) 2009
                    Port from California
                      0.0 0 Ratings
                        Out of Stock (was $23.99)
                      • Chateau Rieussec Carmes de Rieussec Sauternes 2009 Front Label
                        Chateau Rieussec Carmes de Rieussec Sauternes 2009
                        Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
                        • JS90
                        0.0 0 Ratings
                          Out of Stock (was $28.99)
                        • Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 2009 Front Label
                          Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 2009
                          Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
                          • RP98
                          • WS96
                          • JS96
                          • WE96
                          0.0 0 Ratings
                          Out of Stock (was $89.99)
                        • Quinta do Noval Late Bottled Vintage Single Quinta 2009 Front Label
                          Quinta do Noval Late Bottled Vintage Single Quinta 2009
                          Port from Portugal
                          • RP94
                          0.0 0 Ratings
                            Out of Stock (was $32.99)
                          • Quinta Nova Late Bottle Vintage Port 2009 Front Label
                            Quinta Nova Late Bottle Vintage Port 2009
                            Port from Portugal
                            • WS91
                            0.0 0 Ratings
                              Out of Stock (was $32.99)
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                            • Smith Woodhouse Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009  Front Label
                              Smith Woodhouse Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009
                              Port from Douro, Portugal
                                0.0 0 Ratings
                                  Out of Stock (was $36.99)
                                • La Brie Monbazillac Blanc 2009 Front Label
                                  La Brie Monbazillac Blanc 2009
                                  Other Dessert from Southwest, France
                                    0.0 0 Ratings
                                      Out of Stock (was $17.99)
                                    • Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2009 Front Label
                                      Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2009
                                      Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
                                      • RP97
                                      • WE95
                                      • WS95
                                      4.4 6 Ratings
                                      Out of Stock (was $59.99)
                                    • Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes 2009 Front Label
                                      Chateau Doisy Vedrines Sauternes 2009
                                      Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
                                      • WS94
                                      • RP93
                                      • WE93
                                      • JS92
                                      0.0 0 Ratings
                                      Out of Stock (was $39.99)
                                    • Gerard Bertrand Banyuls 2009 Front Label
                                      Gerard Bertrand Banyuls 2009
                                      Other Dessert from Banyuls, Roussillon, South of France, France
                                        0.0 0 Ratings
                                        Out of Stock (was $19.99)
                                      • Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha 2009  Front Label
                                        Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha 2009
                                        Port from Portugal
                                        • RP98
                                        5.0 22 Ratings
                                          Out of Stock (was $189.99)
                                        • Quady Elysium Black Muscat 2009 Front Label
                                          Quady Elysium Black Muscat 2009
                                          Other Dessert from California
                                          • WE91
                                          0.0 0 Ratings
                                            Out of Stock (was $26.99)
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                                          • Hermann J. Wiemer Late Harvest Riesling 2009 Front Label
                                            Hermann J. Wiemer Late Harvest Riesling 2009
                                            Other Dessert from New York, Other U.S.
                                            • W&S94
                                            0.0 0 Ratings
                                              Out of Stock (was $24.99)
                                            • Ramos Pinto Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009 Front Label
                                              Ramos Pinto Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009
                                              Port from Portugal
                                              • RP93
                                              • WE91
                                              0.0 0 Ratings
                                                Out of Stock (was $26.99)
                                              • Tualatin Estate Semi-Sparkling Muscat-Frizzante 2009 Front Label
                                                Tualatin Estate Semi-Sparkling Muscat-Frizzante 2009
                                                Other Dessert from Willamette Valley, Oregon
                                                  0.0 0 Ratings
                                                    Out of Stock (was $12.99)
                                                  • Graham's Quinta Dos Malvedos Vintage Port 2009 Front Label
                                                    Graham's Quinta Dos Malvedos Vintage Port 2009
                                                    Port from Douro, Portugal
                                                    • WS94
                                                    • WE92
                                                    0.0 0 Ratings
                                                      Out of Stock (was $44.99)
                                                    • Dow's Late Bottled Vintage 2009 Front Label
                                                      Dow's Late Bottled Vintage 2009
                                                      Port from Portugal
                                                      • RP90
                                                      0.0 0 Ratings
                                                        Out of Stock (was $21.99)
                                                      • Quinta Nova Vintage Port 2009 Front Label
                                                        Quinta Nova Vintage Port 2009
                                                        Port from Portugal
                                                        • WS91
                                                        0.0 0 Ratings
                                                        Out of Stock (was $84.98)
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                                                      Learn about dessert, Sherry, Port & other fortified wine — the range of styles, how they are made and more …

                                                      What are the types and styles of dessert wine?

                                                      Dessert wines come in an impressive array of styles and sweetness levels. The most straightforward method for making dessert wine is quite simply a late harvest of wine grapes, though further distinctions arise based on country of origin. The main examples include Sauternes (France), Tokaji (Hungary) and ice wine (Germany and Canada).

                                                      What are the types and styles of fortified wine?

                                                      Fortified wines (meaning alcohol has been added during the winemaking process) include Sherry, Port, Madeira, Banyuls, Rutherglen and other very small-scale styles. Sherry comes in completely dry styles (Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado, Palo Cortado) and also in a range of sweetness levels. Madeira is typically sweet but can be made into a dry style. Port can be most simply separated into Tawny and Ruby styles. Vermouth, an herb-infused fine wine, is today popular among mixologists and other dessert wines are derived, not from wine grapes, but from different fruits.

                                                      How are dessert and fortified wines made?

                                                      As mentioned above, many wines in this category—like Sauternes and Tokaji—are produced by leaving the grapes on the vine long after the rest of the harvest has been processed in order to accumulate very high sugar levels. Often, a form of “noble” rot called botrytis plays a role, desiccating the grapes until only the very flavorful solids and sugars remain. These late-picked wines are, accordingly, often referred to as late-harvest wines. In colder climates, the grapes may be allowed to freeze on the vine for the production of ice wine. Other styles are made by letting the harvested grapes dry out (also concentrating sugars). Fortified wines are fortified with neutral spirits to increase the level of alcohol, and, depending on the final style of wine desired, arrest fermentation while some level, high to low (or no), residual sugar remains.

                                                      What gives dessert and fortified wines their color?

                                                      The different colors of most dessert wines come from the type of grape used and varying levels of oxidation during the winemaking process. The colors of Sherry and Port are mainly the result of oxidation, or lack thereof. Fino and Manzanilla styles are clear to pale gold because of the benevolent film-forming yeasts, called flor, that make a floating seal on the surface of the wine. This layer protects the wine from oxidation, and thus any browning. The other styles of Sherry use various levels of controlled oxidation, resulting in various hues of amber. The two basic styles of Port, Ruby and Tawny, also come in two basic colors, as noted by their names. Both styles are made from the same blend of Douro red varieties, but Tawny ports are tawny in color because they are made from a blend of vintages that have been aged in barrels and gradually exposed to oxygen. Ruby Ports retain their bright color because these wines are aged in barrel only for two to three years before bottling, thus minimizing any color change from oxidation.

                                                      How do you serve dessert and fortified wines?

                                                      Because of the typically higher sugar and alcohol content, the recommended serving size for most dessert, Sherry & Port wines is three ounces, which is smaller than for regular table wine. In general dessert wines should be served cold—a very sweet Tokaji is served at 40F; Sauternes are best at 50F. Fino and Manzanilla Sherries are best served at 45-50F, while the Amontillados, Olorosos and beyond, are best at 55F. Tawny Ports have a recommended serving temperature of 50-55F, whereas Ruby and Vintage Ports have a recommended serving temperature of 65F.

                                                      How long do dessert and fortified wines last?

                                                      High quality dessert wines such as Sauternes and Tokaji can often improve up to 10 to 20 years from bottling. Fino and Manzanilla Sherries should be consumed within a year or two of bottling since they are most appreciated for their freshness. Once opened, these are best consumed within a week. Store Amontillado Sherry up to about three years; once opened and refrigerated, these last two to three weeks before they decline. Store Oloro Sherry up to five years; once opened and refrigerated, these last a few weeks or longer. Cream Sherries are best consumed in their youth. Pedro Ximénez Sherry is a special case. It won’t necessarily improve with age, but is known to remain unchanged after many years of age. The two basic styles of Port can be further separated into an almost dizzying list of styles, but in general the only ones meant to age longer once bottled are crusted ports and vintage ports (from a declared vintage). Aside from those, LBV (late bottled vintage) ports should age about 4-6 years from the release date and the rest are ready to drink upon release. Fruit wines are not meant to age; the fresh fruit qualities of these wines are most prominent in their youth.

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