- My Rating: FAIL
Cabernet Franc Icewine 2010 – Isabella Winery, 9.6% ABV – 375ml, (Richmond, BC, Canada)
on the back label:
“The aroma of Cabernet Franc comes forth along with simmering red berry fruit. An initial burst of sweetness, then strawberry jam flavours. Pairs nicely with your favourite’s: Chocolate Cake, Crème Brule, or Apple Pie and a wedge of Sharp Cheddar Cheese.”
- Style: (Cabernet Franc) Icewine
- Taste: Syrupy Ribena cassis sweet cloying
- Where I got it : @Winery in Richmond
- How much: $89 – 375ml., January 2013
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: don’t bother
Visual: Cellared for 5 years, cork still intact. Pours orangish-maple, crystal clear.
Nose: tangy blackberry-cassis, mild alcohol detection (lvl-5)-pungency
Attack: thick-syrupy viscosity, incoming sugars
Mid-palate: dense (lvl-10)-sweetness, medium tangy, (MAIN) cassis, red table grape
Finish: Ribena-like concentrated syrupy sweetness, alcoholic bitter, alcoholic throat warmth, sugar rush, tangy finish.
Summary: Two words: Rip Off. Extremely overpriced for a garbage product. IMO this stuff is aimed at the unenlightened Chinese tourist looking for a pricey “Icewine” gift to bring home. If you want a decent red icewine try Volcanic Hill’s instead. The second glass in, reaction: “Why am I drinking this? It’s like drinking Ribena mixed with a teaspoon of Vodka – Incoming sugar headeache – too f*cking sweet.”