Stone Hill Cream Sherry ($16) 

A Cream Sherry out of Missouri? Well this certainly was a pleasant surprise. The initial smell was of deep raisins and what I thought was sweet roses ! The structure of the wine is very good and it has a good balance of acidity and fruit. The taste was reminiscent of caramelised toffee and nuts with a beautiful raison base. Its not your typical sweet sherry as in my opinion it borders on the Oloroso style. The alcohol content is 19% with residual sugar at just 9% which probably explains the style observations. I liked this Sherry and it went really with cheeses and slightly chilled, good value.

© John Holmes 2014