Granite Creek Merlot Fortified (Tappen, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: B-

Fortified Merlot Wine 2005 – Granite Creek Estate Wines, 18.2% ABV – 375ml., (Tappen, BC, Canada)

On the back label:

“Family owned and operated Granite Creek estate wines is located in the heart of the Shuswap amongst tall mountains and lush forests. We are proud to share with you our exquisite handcrafted and award winning wines made from 100% BC grapes. Visit us online at or drop by the winery for a tour. [Are these guys out of business? They haven’t bottle anything since 2009…]

We are proud to present this delicious rich dessert wine produced under the time honored tradition of European Ports. This full bodied port has been aged in French oak barrels and has flavors of blackberry, plum, cassis, raspberry, black pepper, and dark chocolate.

  • Style: (fortified Merlot) Fortified Wine
  • Taste: red fruitiness -> blackberry/plum/cassis -> warmth/tannic finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores (Kelowna)
  • How much: $15 (on sale) – 375ml., summer of 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes (good value)

Visual: 2005, another old bottle that has been cellaring for years. Pours deep dark red with decent legs, no sediment.

Nose: Fruity blackberry-raspberry with smooth acidity. (6/10-pungency)

Attack: incoming sugars and alcohol, dense dark fruits

Mid-palate: (7/10)-sweetness mixed with subdued alcohol, (MAIN) blackberry, plum, cassis (as advertised)

Finish: medium alcoholic warmth, very tannic, medium acidic smooth finish.

Summary: Like Merlot wines, lots of blackberry and dark fruit, but with a balanced sweetness and heat to round out the finish. Solid and very drinkable. Would go supremely well with some kind of chocolate cake/pie/gelato dessert.

Granite Creek Riesling 2009 (Canada)

Riesling 2009 – Granite Creek Estate Winery, 13.5% ABV -750ml (Tappen, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Riesling is a grape variety originating in the Rhine region of Germany making it a good choice for cool climate growing. Our Riesling is very aromatic and displays flowery, almost perfumed scents as well as high acidity. Lively and crisp with a touch of anise and notes of lychee and pineapple. Enjoy on its own, with light salads, vegetable terrine and Asian foods.”

  • Style: Riesling
  • My Rating: D-
  • Taste Profile: Aggressive acidity/sourness -> anise/lime -> rough tart/sour/tang finish.
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $19 (after 10%), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear light yellow with a few bubbles. Pear and lime on the nose. Initial sip is met with very aggressive acidity and sourness, which holds the palate hostage, transitioning into distinct anise, tart lime, and a rough sour/tart/tangy finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, terrible transitions, okay carry, awful drinkability. The only saving grace is the interesting anise flavour, but otherwise this wine is garbage.