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.

Starry Night (Sparkling Wine) – River’s Bend Winery (Surrey, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C-]

Starry Night – River’s Bend Winery (permanently CLOSED), 12.0% ABV, 750 ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)


on the back label:

“A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay this sparkling wine is made in the classic Champagne method with aromas of fresh-baked bread, walnuts, citrus and violets.”

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  • (permanently CLOSED)
  • Style: (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, champagne method) Sparkling Wine
  • Taste: Dull buttery off-dry generic white wine curd soft tangy sour
  • Where I got it : Kensington VQA (perma Closed) / Burnaby
  • How much: $28 CAD – 750ml., December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: not at all

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Resealable plastic cork, twisty steel top cap, foil cover. Pours medium apple juice yellow with lots of fizzy activity, clusters of steady streams (< champagne), large bubbles hugging the glass.

Nose: buttery sweet baked bread, “DIY ehrenfelser” I did way ages ago (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: tingly-fizzy, soft-sour crisp acidity

Mid-palate: butter, (lvl-1-sweetness), generic dull white wine, curd, continued medium short sourness

Finish: hints of sprite, almost salty-savoury nut finish.

Summary: Definitely a starter to a meal wine, with a drier mouthfeel and sourish disposition to help open up the palate. It went pretty well with my mushroom burger, but pretty meh on its own. The effervescence disappears after a couple of hours even after re-corking.

 

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.

Pippin 2011 – Rustic Roots Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

Pippin 2011 – Rustic Roots Winery, 11.5% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)


description from the Rustic Roots website, and a photo of a cox orange pippin apple:pippin-apple

“This Crisp, Clean White Sparkling Wine made with 100% Similkameen Valley Fruit, contains 70% Pippin Apple and 30% Organic Nectarine.  This wine has beautiful Aromatics with a clean, light and crisp palate, displaying aromas and flavors of green apple, floral, a touch of nectarine skin on the finish and creamy bubbles.”


  • Style: (frizzante, Iced Orin apple) Sparkling Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Crisp refreshing dry tangy light sour green apple light nectarine exhale
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $29 CAD (after 10% off) – 750ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: 1x is okay

Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Quality frosted hefty bottle & sturdy cap. Pours clear bright apple juice yellow with lots of soda-like activity, big bubbles hugging the glass, champagne-like streams.

Nose: very faint nectarine candy. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-crisp, fruity

Mid-palate: tingly, dry (lvl-1-sweetness), light green apple, light apple wine, tangy-sour-acidity

Finish: soft tart, light nectarine exhale

Summary: Lots of fizzy activity in this one along with a dry-tangy acidic backbone to keep things going. Not a ton of apple nor nectarine flavour, thus not leaving much of an impact. Goes down easy and hits pretty stealth, but ultimately forgettable.

Strawberry Dessert Wine – Sanduz Estate Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B]

Strawberry Dessert Wine (NV)- Sanduz Estate Winery (now named Canada Berries), 16% ABV, 375 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)


  • Style: (strawberry) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Eau-de-vie alcoholic soft prickly strawberry throat heat
  • Where I got it : @Winery / Richmond
  • How much: $26 – 375 ml., October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: worth a try if they still sell it

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Real cork. Pours dark ruby red with a hint of purple, clear and thicker viscosity.

Nose: fragrant luscious tangy strawberry juice – Immaculate. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: background off-dry alcohol

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), mild strawberry jam, eau-de-vie alcohol, prickly tangy acidity

Finish: throat heat alcohol attack, strawberry exhale

Summary: An incredibly inviting real strawberry nose starts it off nicely. Its sweetness is rather tame of a dessert wine; I suspect this has been fortified because I detect a prominent eau-de-vie presence in the mids that carries through to the finish. About 60/40-alcohol/fruitiness ratio. Not your typical syrupy sweet dessert fruit wine, quite sippable.

13 Moons Oraniensteiner Icewine 2006 – Sonoran Estate Winery (Summerland, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

13 Moons Oraniensteiner Icewine 2006 – Sonoran Estate Winery, 11.5% ABV, 200 ml., (Summerland, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)


on the back label:

“Named after a castle in Germany, the Oraniensteiner varietal is the little-known love-child of Riesling and Sylvaner: parents of more familiar breeds such as Ehrenfelser and Kerner. Developed during the 1960’s at the famous Geisenheim Grapebreeding Institute in Germany, Oraniensteiner is celebrated by wine lovers for its vivid citrus flavours and bracing acidity: a perfect profile to balance the inherent sweetness of dessert wines. Extremely rare in Canada, the most significant plantings are at the meticulous 20+ year old Naramata vineyards belonging to Dan and Wolfgang Zellers, without whom Oraniensteiner may have become an obscure footnote in viticulture history.

Enjoy this delicious & long-lived icewine with cheeses, dark chocolate, or as a mouth-watering aperitif.”

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  • Style: (Oranienstiener) Icewine
  • Taste: Rounded rich tangy red grape juice-plum wine crisp warmth
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $35, sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: good but not great

Visual: (cellared for 10 years). Composite cork, still intact. Pours deep dark amber, crystal clear, thicker viscosity.

Nose: tangy syrupy grape-plum, hints of toffee. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thicker, juicy sweet

Mid-palate: controlled (lvl-8-sweetness), rich tangy red grape juice, plum wine, crisp acidity, rounded flavour

Finish: gentle throat warmth, residual tangy fruity sugars

Summary: I visited the winery back in 2009 and was impressed by the ‘honey-like’ and drinkable their Icewines were. Fast forward 7 years and 1000+ tastings experience, I’d say this Icewine is still decent but not terribly complex as a dessert wine.

Fizziotherapy 2011 – Therapy Vineyards (Naramata, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

Fizziotherapy 2011 – Therapy Vineyards, 11.0% ABV, 750 ml., (Naramata, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine*)


on the back label:

“Make sure to stretch your jaw muscles with this deliciously off-dry and frothy wine. Intense aromas of tangerines, peaches and apples, match with the light zingy acid of this wine.

A blend of Riesling, Orange-Muscat and Viognier, this fun fusion is the perfect aperitif or enjoyed with fresh Okanagan fruits and summer sun. Produced slightly off-dry, frizzante style.”

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  • Style: (riesling, orange-muscat, viognier blend) Sparkling Wine
  • Taste: Off-dry crisp tangy medium white wine acidic apple sticky gums
  • Where I got it :Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $25 (after 10% off), September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Bottle cap top. Pours clear medium golden yellow with quickly dissipating small bubbles, a couple singular slow streams.

Nose: apple, mild peachy, a touch of minerals. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp off-dry sour bite, slight fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), fruity apple, hints of peach, medium tangy firm acidity,

Finish: residual tart sticky gums,

Summary: This off-dry wine does a good job of opening up the palate – a nice aperitif, as advertised. Solid apple-white grape flavour, certainly better than their rosé rendition [C]. Not quite a Champagne, but decent.