Tasting Notes: Sweet Wines

Six of our favorite bottles for the holidays

With the interest today in unique, local winemaking, sweet wines are making a comeback. Among the best are France's Sauternes, Hungary's Tokaji, and Vin Santo from the Mediterranean. Here, six of our favorite bottles.

Fattoria di Fèlsina Vin Santo Chianti Classico 2004

This Italian wine delivers a heady mix of burnt sugar, herbs, and orange peel. ($50; 375 ml; sherry-lehmann.com)Ingalls Photography

Disznoko Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2007

Bright fruit aromas and rich pear and almond flavors mark this wine from a superb vintage. ($33; 500 ml; saratogawine.com)Ingalls Photography

Château Coutet 2011

Full-bodied and tangy, with a core of lemony fruit, this sauternes is one of the stars of the village of Barsac in France. ($35; 375 ml; millesima-usa.com)Ingalls Photography

Estate Argyros Vinsanto 2006

Made with mainly assyrtiko grapes, this Santorini vin santo tastes of salty caramel and smoky orange peel. ($33; 500 ml; wespeakwine.com)Ingalls Photography

Château Raymond-Lafon 2011

Deep-bodied and complex, this wine blazes with intense hints of apricot and spicy pineapple. ($28; 375 ml; aabalat.com)Ingalls Photography

Royal Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos Mézes Mály 2007

Floral and round, with apricot notes, this is Tokaj's Château Lafite Rothschild. ($195; 500 ml; astorwines.com)Ingalls Photography