- My Rating: C-
Cranberry Dessert Wine 2009 – Isabella Winery, 11% ABV – 375 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)
on the back label:
“This delicious ruby red berry packs the powerful punch of its natural flavours into the sweetness of a dessert wine. Enjoy it chilled or shake it up with your favourite martini.”
- Style: (Fruit – Cranberry) Dessert Wine
- Taste: Cloying liqueur sweet from concentrate tangy cranberry
- Where I got it : @Winery
- How much: $15 (after 15% off) – 375ml., January 2013
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: don’t sip it, mix it
Visual: (cellared for 7 years), real cork split in half while uncorking. Pours deep ruby red with lots of suspended sediment.
Nose: juicy jammy tangy cranberry. (lvl-7)-pungency
Attack: incoming dense alcoholic sugars
Mid-palate: syrupy (lvl-10-sweetness), tangy alcohol, light tart, cranberry jam
Finish: alcohol detection, residual cloying sugars, red berry exhale
Summary: Very, very sweet, and normally cranberries aren’t that sweet, so what gives? It seems like they added sugar to this but I can’t be certain since the ingredients aren’t listed. The cranberry flavour itself is nicely rich but has a “from concentrate (FC)” quality to it, like an Ocean Spray cranberry juice. It’s way too sweet as a sipper, instead I’d say this is better as a substitute for a cranberry liqueur in a cocktail; Although it doesn’t quite have the weighty viscosity that a typical liqueur has.