Prager Sweet Claire Late Harvest Riesling 2007, from California

by on February 26, 2012

Prager 2007 Sweet Claire from California

This is a half bottle (375ml) late harvest Riesling that I picked up when I was wine tasting in Napa (for around $20).  We had stopped by Prager Winery & PortWorks because I had started to enjoy ports, and I had hoped that I would be able to find some ports to my liking.  However, none of the ports were of the type that I liked.  The only wine that caught my taste-buds turned out to be this late harvest Riesling instead. 

Late harvest Rieslings are dessert wines.  The term “late harvest” arises because the grapes are harvested later and therefore have more time to build up sweetness.

They are often sickly sweet, which is why I tend to stay away from them.  However, this one was more subtle.  Don’t get me wrong, it is sweet, but the wine holds something more than just sweetness.  For a start, you can smell both honey and apricot exuding from this wine.  The deep amber/gold color pairs well with these smells.  Then there are hints of herbs in the nose as well.  The taste is not overly sweet – the sweetness sort of melts away in your mouth so that it tastes almost semi-sweet, and you get a lingering fruity sensation.  However, you can definitely taste that it is a dessert wine!

Overall, a pretty good wine.  I enjoyed it with some dark chocolate.  Since this wine isn’t a super sweet wine, you have to remember to pair it with desserts that aren’t too sweet – otherwise the dessert will overpower the wine and make your wine taste crappy!  Since dark chocolate isn’t as sweet, it works well with this wine.

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