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.

 

The Flame (Late Harvest Gewurztraminer) – Silver Sage Winery (Oliver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: D

The Flame 2008 – Silver Sage Winery, 14% ABV – 375ml, (Oliver, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“A very unique combination of sweet and spice to create an aperitif wine. A true challenge for any wine lover. This wine has a rich bouquet of peach and apricot natural aromas and the unique hot pepper spice. Serve ice cold. A true seafood and meat companion. The taste that leaves you wanting more.”

  • Style: (cayenne pepper spiced) Late Harvest Gewurztraminer, Aperitif wine
  • Taste: Aggressive flaming hot veggie pepper peach with stomach gurgle
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $25 – 375ml., summer of 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no

Visual: Inside the bottle is what my best guess appears to be a cayenne pepper, still retaining most of it’s red colour except for the discoloured pale green/gray stem. Pours clear medium golden yellow, no sedimentation.

Nose: dominant pepper vegginess, with some sharp peach (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: fruity + spicy hot

Mid-palate: immediate burn, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) peach

Finish: tension on the face, minor sweats, unsettling stomach, long lingering intense spicy burning finish.

Summary: This one is a tough one to sip without a meal. Perhaps allowing the pepper to infuse for 6 years was a bad idea since the heat is way to powerful and unbalanced. I don’t recall the spiciness to be this aggressive when I tasted it at the winery. As it stands though, I can’t say I would ever have this again.

Silver Sage Gewurztraminer 2008 (Oliver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

Silver Sage Gewurztraminer 2008, 12.1% ABV – 750ml, (Oliver, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“A very distinct mild-gold color wine, with a unique TROPICAL FRUIT aroma and an elegant wild rose fragrance to balance this peachy summer supper or seafood and white meat companion.”

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  • Style: (gewurztraminer) White wine
  • Taste Profile: medium bright sweetness -> chocolate orange/pineapple/sour peach -> warmth/tang/acidic finish.
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $18, Spring 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: yes, interesting flavour profile

Visual: (I picked this up during an Okanagan winery tour in the Springtime of 2009; Finally I’m getting around to trying it again, including the tasting at the winery. And after the first sip, I remember why I bought it…) Pours light-medium golden yellow, clear as water.

Nose: chocolate orange (you read that right), and red apple

Attack: medium-dense 6/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: (MAIN) chocolate orange (candied variety), pineapple, medium sourness, (HINT) sour peach

Finish: mild alcohol warmth, medium tang, medium-sharp acidic crisp finish

Summary: Chocolate orange and pineapple; this is the most interesting Gewurztraminer I’ve had to date. Nicely balanced though I wish it were more complex and had a bit more depth.