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Slightly Sweet Wine Reviews

I drank these 6 wines and tasted apple, bold tannins, bright, floral, food friendly, jammy, lightly fruity, peach, red fruit, slightly sweet. The wines are aged, biodynamic, food friendly, grand cru, low alcohol, my favorites and came from a variety of sources, including wine clubs, wineries, and wine stores.

Wine reviews by: Jessyca Frederick

Rustenberg Chenin Blanc

2021 Rustenberg Wines Rustenberg Chenin Blanc

A food-friendly white wine featuring typical Chenin Blanc floral and stone fruit flavors, but in a more subdued presentation (as compared with California).

Tasting notes: bright, apple, peach, floral, slightly sweet

Swirl Petite Sirah

2018 Penrose Hill Firstleaf Swirl Petite Sirah

People who like a sweeter red wine, like a jammy Syrah, would enjoy this bottle. The sweetness was balanced with strong tannins in this full-bodied red wine.

Tasting notes: jammy, slightly sweet, red fruit, bold tannins

La Douleur Exquise

2020 Penrose Hill Firstleaf La Douleur Exquise

A touch sweet, more so than I’m used to, for a Grenache Blanc, but it had excellent acidity to balance the sugar, making it very approachable and food friendly.

Tasting notes: slightly sweet, bright, food friendly

Scapolo’s Charm

2019 Penrose Hill Firstleaf Scapolo’s Charm

This Sangiovese was slightly sweet and bright, had nice tannins, and savory notes. As $15 red wine goes, I gave this a thumbs up.

Tasting notes: bright, food friendly, lightly fruity, slightly sweet

Riesling Geisberg

2014 Kuentz-Bas Riesling Geisberg

This 2014 riesling was dry, but with a hint of sweetness in the finish. I had not tasted an aged riesling before and was enamored with the complexity, richness, and structure (and really wished I had another bottle).

Tasting notes: lemon, pear, slightly sweet, aromatic

Michaud Riesling

2021 Naked Wines Michaud Riesling

This white wine tastes like most other “low alcohol” white wines — apple cider. I found it a touch sweet with no acid to balance it, and flabby. 11.9% ABV.

Tasting notes: slightly sweet, apple cider, cinnamon

Notice: I hold no formal wine credentials. I am a wine geek who has consumed 1000+ of bottles from 100+ different wine clubs and 1000s more bottles that didn’t come from those wine clubs. I do not accept payment for wine reviews, and I do not accept payments to influence my opinions. I happily accept free wine (and I buy wine).

Why read my wine reviews: Wine taste is subjective. What I like may not be what you like. I try to leave room for you to form your own opinions, so I don’t provide a score or a rating. I do point out wines that are an incredible value or truly not worth the money. I note flaws, wines that don’t have typicity (because this matters if you are buying wine without having tasted it yourself), when wines are out of balance, and when wines lack appropriate body.

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