2007 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, 375ml
Our Vidal Blanc Ice Wine has been served at the United Nations, ordered by the White House and featured on NBC's Today. In the 1980s, Art and Joyce Hunt became the first major producers of genuine ice wine in the United States, and it remains our marquee wine today. Our specially-chosen Vidal Blanc grapes are left on the vine through the normal harvest period, allowing them to develop further complexity of flavors and sweetness. If the grapes are able to survive this period through successive cycles of frost, light freezing and Indian summer, we wait for a cold front that can deliver an extended period of 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, the water molecules that make up most of the grape freeze, but the rest (which provides the flavor) does not. We hand-pick the grapes at this temperature and press them frozen to produce a trickle of golden nectar. Slow fermentation at cool temperatures yields this rare and lusciously sweet wine that bursts with honey, apricot and exotic fruit flavors. Serve well chilled on its own, or with a wide variety of desserts, as a grand finale to a fine meal. A bottle serves approximately four 3-ounce glasses.
This lusciously sweet wine fills the mouth with flavors of apricot, raisin and honey, with a crisp finish of pineapple. Vidal Blanc Ice Wine pairs beautifully with fine appetizers like pâté de foie gras and a wide array of desserts -- fruit and nut tarts, cheesecake, ice cream, fresh fruit, crème caramel and chocolate mousse are just a few examples. Served well chilled, if possible in cordial glasses.
2012 Late Harvest Vignoles, 375ml
Our Late Harvest Vignoles is a seductively sweet after-dinner white wine in the Sauternes and Beerenauslese traditions that bursts with fresh citrus and exotic fruit flavors. Enjoy with apple, pear or nut tarts, with bleu cheese, or all by itself.
The exceptionally hot 2012 growing season caused our vineyards to ripen 3 to 4 weeks earlier than their historical average. When we harvested our Vignoles grapes on September 20th, we left unpicked one particular small block that had developed beautiful botrytis. Four days later, we re-examined this block, found the grapes a touch sweeter, in great shape for a Late Harvest Vignoles, and so picked them. Fermentation was especially brisk due to a high level of healthy nutrients in the juice, and so this 2012 vintage exhibits a beautiful crispness, with lively citrus notes balanced by natural sweetness and a full 12% alcohol.
In ideal ripening years we gamble by delaying harvest of our Vignoles grapes, hoping for late development of the noble fungus botrytis cinerea. Botrytis shrivels and desiccates the grapes on the vine, intensifying their natural sugars and flavors. After carefully controlled cold fermentation, the result is a seductively sweet white wine in the Sauternes and Beerenauslese traditions with vibrant citrus and exotic fruit notes.
Our Late Harvest Vignoles wines have won 17 Gold medals in prestigious competitions since 2004, and have been featured in FOOD&WINE magazine. A bottle serves approximately six 2-ounce glasses.
Cream Sherry, 500ml
Relax after a long day's work with a glass of our Cream Sherry, a delicious blended wine with hints of raisins, nuts and caramel, and fortified with 100% grape brandy. Enjoy a glass by itself, with sharp cheeses and desserts, or as an ingredient in soups, stews and sauces. Serve at cool room temperature or lightly chilled.
Cream Sherry has been a Hunt family favorite for generations, a perfect drink for relaxation before or after a nice meal. The foundation of our Cream Sherry is a blend of Riesling, Cayuga White and Cabernet Franc wines. We fortify the wine with pure grape distilled spirits to achieve the perfect balance between the flavors, sweetness and alcohol. We then heat and bubble oxygen through the blend for a month or more to produce the beautiful "darker" flavors of raisin, nut and caramel. Crucial to this step is our condenser coil that traps evaporating alcohol and returns it to the wine.
Ruby Port, 500 ml
Put your feet up after work or after dinner, sip our Ruby Port, and relax! A personal favorite of our winemaker Jonathan Hunt, this wine features berry and plum notes and a long, smooth finish fortified with 100% grape brandy. Enjoy a glass all by itself, or with chocolates, blue-veined cheeses and fine cigars.
Ports put a perfect signature on a great meal. Our hearty Ruby Port begins with a blend of wines from three French-American grape varieties -- DeChaunac, Corot Noir and Chambourcin -- known for their plum and cherry notes. We then fortify the blend with pure grape brandy (distilled spirits) and sweeten it to bring all the flavors into perfect balance. Serve at cool room temperature.