Cranberry Dessert Wine 2009 – Isabella Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

  • 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.