Leone Italian Cellars 2004 Vin Dolce Dessert Wine, Columbia Valley, $28

By on November 3, 2013

leone-italian-cellars-vin-dolce-2004-bottleThis true Port-style release marked the beginning of this Italian-themed brand by Woodinville’s Washington Wine & Beverage Co. — the parent of Glen Fiona and Silver Lake. Michael Haddox, now with Gallo, started this just before he founded The Winemakers Loft in Prosser. This even split of Tinta Madeira, Tinto Cão, Touriga Naçional and Souzao is showing its age nicely, starting with a rich nose of dried plum, golden raisin and dark chocolate. The presentation on the palate is bold, dark, chocolaty and luscious at 8.6% residual sugar. (Vin Dolce translates to “sweet wine.”) Its balance is remarkable because as the tannins slowly add texture, those dark fruit tones keep up while the alcohol is resolved from the start. Suggested pairings include Blue Cheese and Pear Tartles, Chocolate Mousse Cake or a fistful of filberts. These wines are available at the Silver Lake tasting room.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 103 cases

Alcohol: 19.5%

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