- My Rating: D
The Flame 2008 – Silver Sage Winery, 14% ABV – 375ml, (Oliver, BC, Canada)
on the back label:
“A very unique combination of sweet and spice to create an aperitif wine. A true challenge for any wine lover. This wine has a rich bouquet of peach and apricot natural aromas and the unique hot pepper spice. Serve ice cold. A true seafood and meat companion. The taste that leaves you wanting more.”
- Style: (cayenne pepper spiced) Late Harvest Gewurztraminer, Aperitif wine
- Taste: Aggressive flaming hot veggie pepper peach with stomach gurgle
- Where I got it : @Winery
- How much: $25 – 375ml., summer of 2009
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no
Visual: Inside the bottle is what my best guess appears to be a cayenne pepper, still retaining most of it’s red colour except for the discoloured pale green/gray stem. Pours clear medium golden yellow, no sedimentation.
Nose: dominant pepper vegginess, with some sharp peach (lvl-7)-pungency
Attack: fruity + spicy hot
Mid-palate: immediate burn, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) peach
Finish: tension on the face, minor sweats, unsettling stomach, long lingering intense spicy burning finish.
Summary: This one is a tough one to sip without a meal. Perhaps allowing the pepper to infuse for 6 years was a bad idea since the heat is way to powerful and unbalanced. I don’t recall the spiciness to be this aggressive when I tasted it at the winery. As it stands though, I can’t say I would ever have this again.