Americans shy away from sweet wines, and it's a shame, write Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher in their Wall Street Journal column. Times have changed, and some fine US bottles are out there. Some of their favorites:
- Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard Bunch Select Late Harvest Riesling 2006: "Clean, fresh, and tangy," with a light texture and rich taste. $50.
- Bonny Doon Vineyard 'Le Vol Des Anges' 2007 (Beeswax Vineyard, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County): Earthy and complex, with "great balance" and a bite at the end. $30.
- Rancho de Oro Puro Vineyards Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc-Sémillon 2005 (Napa Valley). "Simply luscious, with ripe peaches and an almost sinful mouthfeel." $35.
- Raymond Vineyard & Cellar 'Eloquence' Late Harvest Chardonnay 2005 (Napa-Monterey). "Tastes like sweet, golden raisins." $40.
- Dashe Cellars Late Harvest Zinfandel 2007 (Dry Creek Valley). "Great fruit, fine acidity, ripe without being overly sweet, and totally winning." $25.