2011 Coeur De Colline Port Style Dessert Wine
This wine literally explodes with flavors and aromas. Deep ripe red fruits cascade on the palate; dark berries, cherries and ripe plums, the whole lot. Toasty cocoa and sweet coffee notes exude from ageing in heavy-toast Minnesota oak barrels. The wine tastes like the Holiday Season itself; dark caramel highlights, sweet chocolate, and thoughts of “sugar plums dancing in my head.” This is a deeply rich, sweet and flavorful treat best enjoyed when weather gets cold, nights get long, and the body needs something warm and satisfying.
Although Port-style dessert wines are often best enjoyed slowly sipped among good company, a little seasonal fare can be enjoyed alongside: a plate of creamy mellow Stilton blue cheese, a few walnuts, a bit of dried fruit and chocolate, and a cracker or two, can make for a fine yet small mid-Winter’s feast by the fire. And, if you can spare the thought, the wine makes a lovely pan-reduced glaze for hearty roasted meats of all kinds, especially duck and pork. There is also a rumor that just a sip of this wine and a bite of dark chocolate can heal the sick, cure the wounded, and humor the heart,… but that’s just a rumor.
From the Winemaker
Ah, the Coeur de Colline, the “Heart of the Hill”--a wine I really enjoyed making. I can honestly say I have never received more compliments from a wine I had not yet made! That is to say; it is a first for me, and as the wine slowly aged in the new Minnesota oak barrels and was tasted from time to time, it was the one “everyone was watching”, including me. I am so very proud to offer this fine and delicious Minnesota dessert wine to the deserving consumers of this most beautiful region.
Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, New York
Cold Climate Wine Competition, Minnesota