Pentâge Icewine – Pentage Winery (Penticton, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B+

Pentâge, Blended Icewine 2010 – Pentâge Winery, 8% ABV – 200ml, (Richmond, BC, Canada)

  • it takes roughly 3kg of grapes to make one 375ml bottle of icewine, depending on the grape. (google search)

from their website:

“…Bright gold in color, with intense aromas of candied apricot and honey on the nose. The palate delivers a luscious melody of candied fruits with a smidgen of honey and fig. Barrel fermented giving this wine a rich creamy mouth feel.  Perfectly balanced with vibrant acidity, this wine gets better with every sip as it lingers endlessly on your palate.”

  • Style: (Viognier, Semillon, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay) Icewine
  • Taste: Clean dense-sugared apricot sour green apple
  • Where I got it : Liberty Wines, Granville Island
  • How much: $33 (after $1 off), only $23 online! – 200ml., May 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: what for?

Visual: Thin skinny 200ml bottle, real cork w/ waxed top, simple and classy label. Pours deep striking golden yellow.

Nose: pineapple, passion fruit, hints of lychee. Very fruit forward. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: incoming syrupy dense sugars, (lvl-8)-sweetness

Mid-palate: clean transition from sugars, light alcohol detection, (MAIN) white raisin, apricot, sour green apple

Finish: very light throat warmth, white grape fruity exhale.

Summary: Lots of brightness in this one, very approachable. The sugars become slightly cloying in the midpalate as it warms. A very nice offering and certainly levels above the Isabella icewines I’ve been having.

The Little Beaver 3-in-1 Icewine – Isabella Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: D

3-in-one (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc) 2011 – The Little Beaver (Isabella Winery), 11% ABV – 375ml, (Richmond, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“This Ice wine is a blend of the noble grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It has aromas of raspberries, ripe strawberries, creme de cassis and red cherries. On the palate it is a decadent and focused, with flavours of strawberry jam, cherry tart, cassis grastrique [sic] and blueberries. The finish is ultra rich and long. Enjoy this Ice Wine with, Black Forrest Cake, chocolate or cherries Jubilee.”

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  • Style: (Blended) Icewine
  • Taste: Sugary cloying tingly cassis raspberry
  • Where I got it : @Winery in Richmond
  • How much: $70 (WAY overpriced) – 375ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: refund immediately

Visual: 3-in-1… seems like they weren’t good enough individually or they didn’t want to waste the leftovers. Pours light cola brown with a few tiny bubbles.

Nose: sweet cassis, blackberry, raspberry. Very fruity. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: dense fruity sugars

Mid-palate: almost carbonated, tangy acidic, (lvl-10)-cloying sweetness, (MAIN) cassis, raspberry, strawberry, red grape

Finish: continued cloying, watery mouthfeel, berry fruity finish.

Summary: This one exhibits a total lack of balance and composure. Way too much sugar without any warmth, silky texture, or depth. Flavours are decent but the overall impression is a mess.