I’m not the biggest consumer of dessert wines, to say the least – but when the feeling moves me, I tend to latch on to a few and be totally if not fickle-ly devoted.

A recent trip to Magnotta Winery’s flagship location near Hwy 400 & Hwy 7 in Vaughan Ontario was chance to discover their “Framboise” – on the menu at their tasting bar… First impressions there were lasting impressions and enjoying it now, on a cold winter evening, is just  as yummy as sampling it at the winery.

The gracefully long-necked 375ml bottle is chilled in freezer for about 30 minutes.  A neat port-styled stopper is revealed upon removal of the foil.  The nose is of intensely sweet and jammy strawberry and raspberry fruitiness with caresses of something more intense just below the surface.

Mmmm!  The palate is of dense and delicious late-harvested ripe berry fruits  with a distinctive edge of raisins and dates.  Finishing sweet and luscious, lasting and leggy, it is VERY easy to miss the 16% alc/vol (and SC of 18!!!)  of this wonderful liqueur.

Sensational on its own, paired with traditional Trifle, home-made strawberry turnovers,  berry-topped cheesecake, or even drizzled as-is over exceptional vanilla-bean ice cream…

Glory!! Winery only @~$15/375ml btl

Cheers!

~tvb

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**images credit – The Winery. Used under Fair Use Provisions for review and critique.

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