Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wine Review: Veramar Vineyard D'ora 2017 Virginia Dessert Wine

Veramar Vineyard D'ora 2017 Virginia Dessert Wine

Veramar Vineyard is part of the Bogati Wine Family and I've reviewed a bunch of wine by these guys. Just at the end of last month I reviewed their 2016 Malbec and 2017 Vidal Blanc. To learn more about Bogati and see my other reviews, check out the Virginia label for the blog.

I've got to make this review quick so let's get to it! The 2017 D'ora is a 14% ABV dessert wine made from Vidal Blanc; a hybrid grape made from the Vitis vinifera variety Ugni Blanc and another hybrid grape called Rayon d'Or. Harvest was pushed back as far as they could, sugar was increased where needed, and it did not see the development of any noble rot.

One thing that I noticed before I even opened the bottle was the froth on top of the liquid. This was literally just bottled so I wasn't alarmed but rather surprised that this dessert wine might have some effervescence to it. Intriguing.

The color of the wine is a very light pale yellow. The nose is a big ol' ripe banana with chunks of pineapple and licorice on the side. It's medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel and not as sweet as most dessert wines, but yeah you do get a little tickle from a tiny touch of carbonation. There's flavors of apples, pineapple, banana, and cantaloupe. It finishes with a frizzante tickle and a surprise sneak attack of lime.

Like I said, it's not as sweet as most dessert wines but it's daaaaaaamn fruity. My wife, who is a rock star hospice nurse but knows next to nothing about wine, really wanted to try it so I let her know that it wasn't as sweet as I thought when I served her a glass. She tried it and was like "They come sweeter than that? Really?" and I was like "Uh, yeah! Why, you don't like it?" and she was all like "Oh no, I really like it!" Hey, whatever makes her happy keeps the peace. And it turns out I really like it too.

Price: $28
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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