94 Insider Points
While I'm not much of a dessert wine drinker, there are those special occassions that call for it, and there are those special wines that just do taste delicious no matter how sweet. It's all about balance- does it have a good ratio of residual sugar to acidity? How delicate was the winegrower in their process? Where do the ideals lie? Well, that falls entirely on a bottle-by-bottle basis. What I can tell you: Godspeed's Amen Late Harvest is an excellent wine to pair with the season. Bright apricot on the nose. Full bodied with peach syrup, caramel and white flowers. A perfect dessert pairing from winemaker Larry Stricker. 94 Points - JZ Nov '18
Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley
Grown on the heights of Mt. Veeder at 1,500 feet in elevation, the Chardonnay grapes destined for this barrel-fermented “stickie” flourish above the fog line, reaching an insane degree of sweetness by the time they’re finally harvested in late November.
Part Vin Santo in style and part German Auslese, the Godspeed Late Harvest Chardonnay is tangy with ripe pineapple sweetness and candied citrus zest, finishing with caramel notes from 23 months in French barrels (20% new). Delicious with pies, pastries and anything with a buttery, flakey crust, this honeyed wonder is equally delightful with cheese and foie gras.
· This unusual dessert wine picked up a Silver Medal from the American Fine Wine Competition.
· Godspeed takes a nod toward Europe in the fashioning of its wines, preferring a moderate use of new oak and grape growing and winemaking techniques that emphasize balance and affinity for food.
· The owner of Godspeed is also a talented architect. During his storied career Larry Stricker designed a number of high-end resort hotels including the beautiful Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. At Godspeed, he is joined by son David.
· The Strickers bottle only a small amount of their estate-grown fruit. The rest is sold to Ed Sbraggia, Newton, Mayacamus and Robert Craig, to name a few.
Part Vin Santo in style and part German Auslese, the Godspeed Late Harvest Chardonnay is tangy with ripe pineapple sweetness and candied citrus zest, finishing with caramel notes from 23 months in French barrels (20% new).
Godspeed is an artisan grower in the Mount Veeder Appellation of Napa Valley situated at an altitude of 1500 ft. The vineyard is the project of the the Larry Stricker family. Larry is an acclaimed architect who has created world class resort hotels, including the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona; the Marriott Desert Springs Resort and a series of Hawaiian properties including the Halekulani, Kahala Resort, Kapalua Bay Hotel and the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. At his Mount Veeder estate, he has over time sold his world-class fruit to recognized wineries including Robert Craig, Bremmer, William Hill, Newton & Monticello.
Since 1990 he has taken advantage of his exceptional vineyard by bottling half his production under his own label. Three wines are produced at Godspeed: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Trinity. All three are made in a very elegant, almost "European: style, with an emphasis on the vineyard's unique microclimate, as expressed in the wine's balance and fruit element. The current release Chardonnay, with no malolatic fermentaion, is made to age, and should continue to drink beautifully for the next five years. The Cabernet, from the exceptional 1999 vintage to the even bigger 2001, has a structured style with a deep dark color and richness on the palate. The newest offering TRINITY is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. A mouthfilling, fruit forward blend made to drink younger yet still exhibiting the uniqueness of Mount Veeder.
Delicious with pies, pastries and anything with a buttery, flakey crust, this honeyed wonder is equally delightful with cheese and foie gras.