This past weekend was my nephew's 2nd birthday and in my skewed wine view of the world, I decided that I should bring a sweet dessert wine to pair with the birthday cake.
A few weeks ago Wes at Amanti Vino convinced me to pick up a bottle of Echeverria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, 2007. He knows I love a good dessert wine and assured me this was worthwhile. Not only was the bottle sold in an elegant tube package, but at $19.99, what did I have to lose? And as I was walking out the door to the birthday party, I remembered the bottle and threw it in my cooler bag (along with my fruit salad and sparkling water - I'm not completely blinded by my wine-colored glasses).
Wes did not let me down. Though it's made from the usually citrus-y, sometimes flinty Sauvignon Blanc grape, this dessert wine is lush and sweet with notes of honeysuckle and apricot. It lingers on the palate for a nice long time and it goes down easy with both berries and traditional white birthday cake. I don't think a 2 year old has the palate to appreciate this wine, but the adults in the room sure did!
If you're looking for a good dessert wine or only drink really sweet wine, this is the bottle for you. Plus, a sauternes-style dessert wine for $20?!? You cannot find this good of a dessert wine at this price point from any vineyard in France, Italy, California or practically anywhere. This one is from Chile, a country that has a lot of great wine values to offer.
Even if you don't have a 2nd birthday partry to attend, I'm sure you can find some way to enjoy this wine.
Until the next sniff, sip, quaff or child's birthday party,