Raspberry Wine – Blossom Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B

Raspberry Wine 2007 – Blossoms Winery (now Lulu Island Winery), 11.0% ABV – 500ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“The unique growing conditions in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada, produce some of the most flavorful and aromatic raspberries in the world. Our Raspberry wine is made from whole natural Raspberries. We take pride in nurturing our Willamette Raspberry and expressing our special wine making skills. This well-rounded wine reflects ripe characteristics of BC Raspberries, offering you 365 days of that fresh Raspberry taste.”

(note: Blossom Winery has changed its name and is now known as Lulu Island Winery. These raspberries were possibly grown locally in Richmond; nowadays, their Lulu Island brand Raspberry Wine is made from berries harvested in Abbotsford.)

  • Style: (Raspberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Authentic tart-tangy-sour-sweet-juice Raspberry juicy wine
  • How much: $16 – 500ml., sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine drinkers: yes, it’s something unique

Visual: Certainly bottled nicer than their neighboring Isabella Winery, from the cork to the label. Pours deep dark magenta, oilier than water.

Nose: Absolutely gorgeous pressed raspberry juice – tangy, sweet, tart, juicy. (10/10)-aromatic pungency

Attack: tart-sweetness, incoming dark berries + alcohol

Mid-palate: (5/10)-dense fruity sweetness, med-high tart-tangy-sour, (MAIN) intense ripe natural raspberries, cassis, alcohol bitterness

Finish: residual mild rough tartnesss, light alcoholic warmth, off-dry tart raspberry fruity finish

Summary: Superb clean raspberry flavour at an excellent price point. Very bright and “palate-heavy”, thus should be enjoyed with a meal.