Vidal Late Harvest – Isabella Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: D

Vidal Late Harvest 2006 – Isabella Winery, 12% ABV – 375ml, (Richmond, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Deep straw in colour , this light, racy late harvest offers delicate aromas og gingered honey and fresh cut pears. A seamless integration of tropical fruit, pears and fresh hones is nicely balanced with good supporting acidity. Gentle on the palate, this wine can be sipped on its own or may be a delicious finale to a special meal.”

  • Style: (Vidal) Late Harvest
  • Taste: Sour watery apple cider vinegar
  • Where I got it : @Winery in Richmond
  • How much: $15 – 375ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: no

Visual: When I bought this in 2013 it had already been sitting at their store for 7 years, so how good could it be? At $15 I wasn’t expecting much… Alas, it pours light golden yellow with oddly enough, static micro bubbles clinging to the side and bottom of the glass.


Nose: apple cider vinegar with a bit of sticky champagne. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming sour-sweet

Mid-palate: watery mouthfeel, (lvl-6)-sweetness that dissipates, salty alcohol detection, (MAIN) apple cider vinegar, pear

Finish: highly sour vinegar acidity, sour white grape unclean finish.

Summary: As a dessert wine, this is pretty abysmal. It doesn’t clean the palate as it should but rather leaves you wondering what you just drank. Unbalanced, thin mouthfeel, non-delicious flavours. Not recommended. Arrowleaf’s Late Harvest Vidal is much better.

Vidal Late Harvest 2010 – Arrowleaf (Canada)

Vidal Late Harvest 2010 – Arrowleaf, 11.2% ABV – 375ml, (Lake Country, BC, Canada)

From the arrowleaf site:

“Vidal is a winter-hardy French hybrid that is particularly popular in Canada and the north-eastern United States.  The variety ripens late and has very thick skins that are able to withstand the unfavourable winter weather.  We generally harvest a portion of the grapes in December and leave the rest to harvest when the temperature drops low enough to make icewine.  We then blend the two portions and aim for an average sugar content of about 32 brix.”

  • Style: Late Harvest (Vidal)
  • My Rating: B+
  • Taste Profile: Apricot/red apple -> honey -> caramel/clean finish.
  • Where I got it:Swirl Yaletown
  • How much: $23, April 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to friends: yes

Tasting notes: pours clear medium-golden yellow. Bright fruity apple-nectarine nose. Bold apricot, red apple, mild tartness, 9/10-sweetness, honey, lime, light caramel, finishing with light warm and clean. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, great drinkability.