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 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.

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.