Mure Oh! – Merridale Ciderworks (Cobble Hill, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

Mure Oh! Fortified Blackberry Wine – Merridale Ciderworks Corp., 19.5% ABV, 375 ml., (Cobble Hill, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine)


on the front-left label:

“A delicate blend of our own blackberry brandy and blackberry juice gives this dessert drink a full fruity richness with a deep colour”

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  • Style: (fortified blackberry wine) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Forward alcohol very tart deep blackberry wine slight smoky alcoholic warmth
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: ~$25 CAD – 375ml., sometime in 2012-2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (cellared for at least 3 years). Synthetic cork, really stuck in there. Pours

Nose: deep luscious tangy blackberry wine, soft alcoholic background (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: tart berriness, almost immediate alcohol

Mid-palate: more alcohol presence, luscious tangy blackberry wine, slight smokiness, eau-de-vie

Finish: very tart, blackberry wine exhale, moderate throat warmth

Summary: A lot of depth to the blackberry, but with it comes a rather forward alcohol presence. The blackberry flavour itself has the dark berriness but lacks the bright, tangy juiciness you find in the fresh fruit; thus after a glass the taste becomes predictable and overly tart. Too much alcohol, not enough complexity.

Fortified Raspberry Fruit Wine – Wellbrook Winery (Delta, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: B

Fortified Raspberry fruit wine (Non-vintage) – Wellbrook Winery, 16% ABV – 375 ml., (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


  • Style: (Fruit – Raspberry) Fortified Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Rich tangy-zingy sour raspberry juice integrated alcohol
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $22 (after 5% off) – 375ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yep!

Visual: Real cork. Pours blood red, ultra clear and thicker viscosity.

Nose: bursting tangy raspberry juice with some currant and alcohol in the backend – awesome. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: tingly-tangy, dense fruity raspberry

Mid-palate: (lvl-7-sweetness), big tangy-zingy-sour alcohol, tangy raspberry juice,

Finish: fruity tart, red/black currant/raspberry depth, soft alcoholic throat warmth, lingering tangy acidity.

Summary: Consistent with their Blackberry [B] and Cranberry [B-] fortified wines, this raspberry is also full of authentic berry depth and a structured alcoholic body. It gets somewhat more aggressive at is warms, but is still very engaging.

Fortified Cranberry Fruit Wine – Wellbrook Winery (Delta, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: B-

Fortified Cranberry fruit wine (Non-vintage) – Wellbrook Winery, 16% ABV – 375 ml., (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


  • Style: (Fruit – Cranberry) Fortified Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Eau-de-vie’d tangy tart cranberry/slight raspberry alcoholic
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $19 (after 5% off) – 375ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados:

Visual: Pours garnet red with noticeable legs, clear and slightly thicker viscosity.

Nose: red jolly rancher with cranberry tangy depth. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thicker, oily-slick, detectable alcohol

Mid-palate: tangy cranberry-raspberry with depth, (lvl-7-sweetness) with slow alcoholic heat

Finish: berry eau-de-vie, medium tart, lingering heat, residual berry off-dry exhale

Summary: A much more dynamic and rewarding drinking experience than the Isabella Winery Cranberry Dessert Wine (C-) that I had a couple of days ago. It’s a bit alcoholic up front but the cranberry aromas tone it down and gradually release the heat. Quite sippable.

Gray Monk Odyssey III (Port-Style) (BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [B-]

Odyssey III – Gray Monk Estate Winery – NV (solera process since 2005), 19.8% ABV, 500 ml., (Lake Country, BC, Canada) (*VQA BC wine)


printed on the back of the bottle:

“In the true family tradition of Gray Monk, Odyssey III signifies three generations of commitment to bringing the very best to your table.  Full bodied, rich and elegant flavours reminiscent of black cherry, raspberry and chocolate. This fortified red wine is equally delicious being served on its own, with Stilton and other blue cheeses or with full-flavoured fruit desserts.”

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  • Style: (Port / Port-Style) Fortified Wine
  • Taste: Tangy alcoholic cherry raspberry chocolate warmth tart
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn, N. Burnaby
  • How much: $25 CAD (after 5% off) ($17.39 @Gray Monk online) – 500ml., January 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to port wine aficionados: good flavour for a good price

Visual: (NV, cellared for 4 years). Pours dark magenta, slow runny legs.

Nose: cab sauv red wine, tingly-airy dark fruity alcoholic background, (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: immediate tangy alcohol hit, dark fruity tangy acidity

Mid-palate: woody black cherry, rich fruity (lvl-6-sweetness), raspberry, continued eau-de-vie alcohol

Finish: chocolate, soft tartness, alcohol heat/throat warmth, raisin exhale

Summary: All flavours as advertised, solid richness, solid drinkability. A tad watery in the entry, could use a bit more body in the mids.

Fortified Blackberry Wine – Wellbrook Winery (Delta, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [B]

Fortified Blackberry Wine – Wellbrook Winery, 18% ABV – 375ml., (Delta, BC, Canada)

  • Style: (blackberry) Fortified Fruit Wine
  • Taste: rich blackberry tangy alcoholic light warmth
  • How much: $22 – 375ml
  • Where I got it: @Winery, November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: 50/50

Visual: Deep luscious dark purple. Shrink foil wrapped, real cork.

Nose: blackberry juice, vodka vapours (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: incoming tangy sugars + alcohol, thicker mouthfeel

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, rich sour-tangy acidity, fruity (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) blackberry, red grape

Finish: residual warmth, black fruit exhale

Summary: Very clean from start to finish with a good fortified alcoholic backbone. I enjoyed this one much more than their fortified blueberry offering.

Fortified Blueberry Wine – Wellbrook Winery (Delta, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [C-]

Fortified Blueberry Wine – Wellbrook Winery, 16% ABV – 375ml., (Delta, BC, Canada)

on front-right label:

“The Bremner family has farmed the rich soil of Delta, British Columbia, since the 1950s. Today they operate three farms and grow the finest blueberries and cranberries. Their fruit is prized for its intensity, full body and rich flavor, all of which can be enjoyed this evening with best wishes from all of us at the Wellbrook Winery.”

  • Style: (blueberry) Fortified Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Light fruitiness of blueberry mostly alcohol & warmth
  • How much: $19 – 375ml
  • Where I got it: @Winery, November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: no

Visual: Standard thin and tall dessert wine bottle, shrink foil wrapped, synthetic cork, a nice quality label. Pours deep and dark luscious purple.

Nose: grape-blueberry with some muskiness (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming sour acidity, alcohol, thin fruity

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) cassis, blueberry, red grape

Finish: light oak, alcoholic dryness, deep throat warmth, minor alcohol tongue numbness, light berry fruit finish.

Summary: Overall just decent. Not particularly lush or aromatic, the flavours just glide along with alcohol and warmth being the main players.

Silverside Blueberry Dessert Wine (Port Style) – Cobble Hill, BC, Canada

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  • My Rating: A-

Blueberry Dessert Wine (Port Style) (NV) – Silverside Farm, 18.0% ABV – 375ml., (Cobble Hill, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“The rich flavour of this wine  comes from the Sweet blueberries picked in British Columbia and ripened to perfection in the long days of summer.”

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  • Style: (Blueberry) Fortified Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Luscious blueberry-black raspberry fruity warm alcoholic
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $24 (after 5% off), ($20 online) – 375ml., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to buy it again: unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes, but be prepared for the alcohol hit

Visual:All Canadian Wine Championships Silver“. Pours deep magenta, some miniscule cork floaties on the surface.

Nose: Fragrant pressed blueberry juice, very berry-esque. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: incoming deep dark fruit, alcohol

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) blueberries, black raspberry, alcohol detection, raisin -> wine acidity/medium tangy/zing

Finish: medium tart, alcohol warmth, berry fruit finish with lingering tartness.

Summary: Great depth of blueberry flavoured paired with balanced alcoholic warmth. Supremely sippable.

Mistelle 2007 – Lake Breeze Winery (Naramata, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B

Mistelle 2007 – Lake Breeze Winery, 17.0% ABV – 375ml., (Naramata, BC, Canada)

description of Mistelle via Wiki:

  • It is produced by adding alcohol to non-fermented or partially fermented grape juice.
  • The addition of alcohol stops the fermentation and, as a consequence Mistelle is sweeter than fully fermented grape juice in which the sugars turn to alcohol.

My notes:

  • Style: (Mistelle) Fortified Wine
  • Taste: Balanced white raisin eau-de-vie apple pear 
  • Where I got it : Liberty Wines @Granville Island
  • How much: $30 – 375ml., sometime in 2010 (?)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: no longer produced

Visual: Pours golden amber, super clear.

Nose: fruity muscat-riesling, white-grape/citrus/stonefruit. (lvl-7)-pungency.

Attack: sugars, alcohol detection + bitter

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, medium tang, (MAIN) white grape/raisin, apple/pear, eau-de-vie alcohol, hints of lime

Finish: medium alcohol warmth, clean acidity, residual light cloying fruity finish.

Summary: Great structure, body, and drinkability. Flavours are nice but not extremely pronounced. Sadly Lake Breeze doesn’t appear to be producing it anymore.

Bohae Bokbunjajoo (복분자주) – Black Raspberry Fortified Wine (Seoul, Korea)

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  • My Rating: C+

Bokbunjajoo (복분자주) – Black Raspberry Fortified Wine – Bohae Brewery, 15% ABV – 375ml., (Seoul, Korea)

on the back label:

“History of Bokbunjajoo: Bokbunja, or wild black raspberry native to Korea is often described in a oriental legend as a mysterious fruits containing the spirits of the wild. This is a legendary fruit wine down the Earth allowing the secret scent of ancient time in oriental society. Full-bodied and semi-sweet, ideal served with grilled red or white meats and marinated BBQ.”

Ingredients: water, Korean raspberry wine, grain spirits, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid.

  • Style: (Fortified) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Sweet alcoholic raspberry-black currant wine
  • How much: $11.50 – 375ml., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps as a mixer
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes, it’s inexpensive

Visual: Pours deep dark magenta, oily luminescence, slow sticky legs.

Nose: Blue gatorade (artificial blue raspberry, not a bad aroma) + hints of alcohol detection (7/10-pungency)

Attack: dense dark raspberry fruit

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, intense tangy, (9/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) raspberry + black currant hybrid, grain alcohol sweetness

Finish: alcoholic warmth, med-high tartness, fruity alcoholic finish.

Summary: I enjoyed the depth and bite of the raspberry flavour. The grain alcohol and sugar + HFCS seem to cheapen the spirit but perhaps they were necessary to balance out the drinkability. Decent nonetheless.

Granite Creek Merlot Fortified (Tappen, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

Fortified Merlot Wine 2005 – Granite Creek Estate Wines, 18.2% ABV – 375ml., (Tappen, BC, Canada)

On the back label:

“Family owned and operated Granite Creek estate wines is located in the heart of the Shuswap amongst tall mountains and lush forests. We are proud to share with you our exquisite handcrafted and award winning wines made from 100% BC grapes. Visit us online at Granitecreek.ca or drop by the winery for a tour. [Are these guys out of business? They haven’t bottle anything since 2009…]

We are proud to present this delicious rich dessert wine produced under the time honored tradition of European Ports. This full bodied port has been aged in French oak barrels and has flavors of blackberry, plum, cassis, raspberry, black pepper, and dark chocolate.

  • Style: (fortified Merlot) Fortified Wine
  • Taste: red fruitiness -> blackberry/plum/cassis -> warmth/tannic finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores (Kelowna)
  • How much: $15 (on sale) – 375ml., summer of 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes (good value)

Visual: 2005, another old bottle that has been cellaring for years. Pours deep dark red with decent legs, no sediment.

Nose: Fruity blackberry-raspberry with smooth acidity. (6/10-pungency)

Attack: incoming sugars and alcohol, dense dark fruits

Mid-palate: (7/10)-sweetness mixed with subdued alcohol, (MAIN) blackberry, plum, cassis (as advertised)

Finish: medium alcoholic warmth, very tannic, medium acidic smooth finish.

Summary: Like Merlot wines, lots of blackberry and dark fruit, but with a balanced sweetness and heat to round out the finish. Solid and very drinkable. Would go supremely well with some kind of chocolate cake/pie/gelato dessert.