Blueberry off-dry Dessert Wine 2011 – Isabella Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: FAIL

Blueberry off-dry Dessert Wine 2011 – Isabella Winery, 11% ABV – 375 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


on the back label:

“Overlooking the historic Fraser River in the heart of blueberry country, Isabella Winery balances blueberry characteristics in this off-dry dessert wine. Delicious drizzled over vanilla ice cream” (same description as their Blueberry Dessert Wine [C+])

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  • Style: (Blueberry) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Sour tangy acidic muddled short blueberry vinegar cloying rough tannic
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $17 (after 15% off) – 375 ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: you’re joking
  • What made an impression: crap quality

Visual: (cellared for 4.5 years). Pours deep dark purple, suspended large bits of sediment.

Nose:  (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: big sour, medium acidic cloying

Mid-palate: (lvl-1-sweetness), tannic rough, tangy blueberry juice, berry vinegar,

Finish: tart rough palate, dry

Summary: It is way too sour acidic-vinegary and lacks counterbalancing sugars to make it enjoyable as a dessert wine; Total waste of time and money, not recommended at all.

(a “why would anyone drink this?” moment…)

Blueberry Dessert Wine 2007 – Isabella Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: C+

Blueberry Dessert Wine 2007 – Isabella Winery, 11% ABV – 375 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


on the back label:

“Overlooking the historic Fraser River in the heart of blueberry country, Isabella Winery balances blueberry characteristics in this off-dry dessert wine. Delicious drizzled over vanilla ice cream”


  • Style: (Blueberry) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Dense sweet juicy rich blueberry-blackberry tangy firm acidic mild alcohol
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $17 (after 15% off) – 375 ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: decent if untainted

Visual: (cellared for 10 years), a bit of mold on top of the cork. Pours deep purple, a bit of sediment.

Nose: light acidic alcoholic blueberry juice (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: slightly syrupy, dense sweet blueberry impression

Mid-palate: tangy firm acidity, (lvl-8-sweetness), rich blueberry-mild blackberry juiciness

Finish: residual sugars, berry exhale, trace amounts of mold in the aftertaste (from the cork I suspect)

Summary: Isabella Winery sure is hit and miss. While the majority of their products are mediocre at best, this one is actually above average. It’s a shame that there was just a touch of mold in the aftertaste. Can’t say I would but this again, but I’m certainly glad I didn’t feel ripped off. The sugars make my sensitive teeth tingle.

Valley Girl Brand Blueberry 190 – The Fort Wine Co. (Fort Langley, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C]

Valley Girl Brand Blueberry 190 Fruit Wine – The Fort Wine Company, 13.0% ABV, 375 ml., (Fort Langley, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


on the back label:

“Fraser Valley blueberries are famous for their ripe juiciness and wonderful flavour. From this local harvest, our winery produces a delicious blueberry wine that is bound to surprise, and even astonish.”

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  • Style: (Blueberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Average off-dry medium body blueberry-cassis
  • Where I got it : somewhere in Vancouver
  • How much: $10 CAD – 375 ml., sometime in 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: nah

Visual: (cellared for 7 years). Synthetic cork. Pours deep purplish-currant with a bit of sediment.

Nose: tangy alcoholic blueberry-cassis that has been wine’d (lvl-)-pungency

Attack: slightly juicy

Mid-palate: sour-tangy acidity, (lvl-2-sweetness), blueberry, mild cassis, hints of smokiness

Finish: tart, blueberry exhale

Summary: Drinkable, a 50-50 balance of alcohol and dull blueberry flavour. Not the bright type of wine, darker and drier. Just average, reflected in the price.

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.

Blueberry Dessert Wine – Silver Sage Winery (Oliver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C-

Blueberry Dessert Wine 2009 – Silver Sage Winery, 20% ABV – 375ml, (Oliver, BC, Canada)

On the back label:

“Intensely rich and fresh with a deep purplish red colour and the unique natural blueberry flavour. This outstanding wine has a distinct perfume, very fine depth and length. A great wine, even majestic-good on its own or is an excellent cheese cake companion.”

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  • Style: (Blueberry) Fruit Dessert Wine
  • Taste Profile: Mellow fruity/off-dry alcoholic blueberry-black currant eau-de-vie
  • Where I got it : Port Moody Liquor Store
  • How much: $32 ($25 online) – 375ml, August 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: no, it doesn’t scream ‘blueberry’

Visual: Pours deep maroon, with thicker than water viscosity.

Nose: mellow blueberry aroma, vodka-like alcohol detection (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: incoming berry fruits, light oily viscosity

Mid-palate: (lvl-2)-super mellow sweetness, eau-de-vie alcohol detection, (MAIN) true blueberry flavour but without the tangy+sweetness, black currant

Finish: residual fruitiness, off-dry fruit brandy alcohol sweetness.

Summary: I wouldn’t say this is much of a dessert wine due to the fact it lacks the robust sweetness most dessert wines have. This drinks more like a less-alcoholic yet fruitier Eau-de-vie/fruit brandy, in that it lacks any tangy/tart/acidity that fruit wines almost always contain but retains the essence of the natural fruit in the spirit.

 

Heron Ridge Estates Blueberry Wine NV (Castlegar, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Heron Ridge Estates Blueberry Wine NV, 13.1% ABV – 750ml, (Castlegar, BC, Canada)

On the back label:

“The rich soil, hot days and warm nights of the Kootenay River valley provide an ideal mountain climate for blueberry cultivation. Our large, crisp berries are organically grown and are selectively hand picked for ripeness. Our wine is made in limited quantity to ensure its highest quality. It is a lively, whimsical wine exuding spicy floral notes, with pomegranate and plum. Its surprisingly brilliant magenta colour is happiness in a glass! Slightly chilled, it is perfect for sipping, supping and celebrating.
Enjoy!”

  • Style: Fruit Wine (Blueberry)
  • Taste Profile: tannic/tart -> rich blueberries/pom/plum -> cinn/clove/bitter alcohol/sweet tart finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $29 (after 10% off), Sept 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: 50/50, not a must

Tasting notes: pours clear magenta (as advertised) with ultra clarity. A bit of cinnamon and clove on the nose along with blueberry juice.

Attack: medium tannic, tart

Mid-palate: 6/10-sweetness, dense rich blueberries, hints of pomegranate & plum

Finish: light cinnamon/cloves, tingly bitter alcohol, persistent tannins and sweet tart finish

Overall okay; not ground-breaking but enjoyable. Not bad as something to bring over to a friend’s place