Merlot Pinot Noir Icewine – Isabella Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: C

Merlot Pinot Noir Icewine 2010– Isabella Winery, 13% ABV – 375ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“A beautiful blend of Pinot Noir and Merlot. The palate is just as pleasing with plush plum notes, a whiff of spice and the characteristic hint of violet. Good body, lower tannin and a warm finish all make this Merlot and Pinot Noir melt in your mouth sensation. Pairs nicely with: prime rib, new york striploin, stuffed portabello mushroom and cheese.” (personally, I wouldn’t drink icewine with a main course…)


  • Style: (Merlot + Pinot Noir blend) Icewine
  • Taste: Sugary straw-cranberry alcoholic juice
  • Where I got it: @Winery in Richmond
  • How much: $89 (overpaid, the quality is only worth $40 tops) – 375ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: no, better red icewines out there

Visual: Why did I pay $89 for an icewine whilst most go for $35-$60, and on top of that, a blend?!? Plus I already knew this winery was catering to the “give icewine as gifts” clientele, aka: it’s expensive so it must be good… Anyways, why not, you only live once. It pours auburn (red-orange), ultra-clear, somewhat watery.

Nose: strawberry, minor plum, light-med alcohol detection (7/10-pungency)

Attack: dense fruit sugars, watery-ish mouthfeel

Mid-palate: dense (10/10)-sweetness + bitter-warm alcohol, (MAIN) plum, strawberry, cranberry

Finish: alcoholic warmth + bitterness, tart-roughish mouthfeel, somewhat flat finish (no carry).

Summary: Definitely not worth $89, considering that I could have gotten a bottle of almost anything more complex in flavour than this for that price. Just a standard, or sub-standard if you factor in the price, icewine that consists of fruity flavour and a ton of sweetness. This one lacks depth and fullness to be anything special. Try it if you have absolutely NOTHING left to try…