Framboise Fortified Wine – Maui’s Winery (Ulupalakua, Hawaii)

Framboise – Maui’s Winery, 20% ABV, (Ulupalakua, Hawaii)

“made with fresh raspberries, cane sugar, and grape neutral spirit”

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: super fragrant and fresh raspberries
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke Liquor (AB)
  • How much: $41 (after 10%), 375ml, Oct/2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes, as a mixer
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes defintely

Tasting notes (chilled): pours a deep, dark and luscious burgundy, thicker than water viscosity. Fragrant raspberries and a touch for strawberries on the nose. Drinks with 9/10-level sweetness but is nicely offset with the high ABV (for a dessert wine) warmth. Smooth, fresh raspberries without the sharp and prickly roughness on the tongue, slight cane sugar maltiness, a bit of a soft alcohol nasal burn from the eau-de-vie, Ciroc grapiness, minor notes of purple grape and  strawberries. Overall very nice balance of sweetness and alcohol, complexity and drinkability. Somewhat aggressive alcohol and the highest ABV of a dessert wine I’ve seen to date. Definitely a shared sipper.