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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




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

Like other cooperatives in the Niagara Region, Magnotta Wineries sources grapes from all over the area to create their distinctive wines.  I have in my chilled glass a Semillon – another varietal akin to Chemin Blanc and Seyval Blanc – typically found as part of table wine melange. And as always, I am skeptical as to whether this wine can hold its own. It has met the requirements to afford the seal of the VQA, with the appellation of Niagara Peninsula. This  means that 85%-100% of the Semillon that makes this wine are grown, pressed, fermented and bottled within this legislated viticultural zone.

The modest yellow hue within its clear bottle does nothing to inspire. Until the cork is popped and the wine enthusiastically sploshed into the glass where aromas of ripe pears and crisp Granny Smith apples delight the nose. The light sweetness adds a depth of character to an herbaceous yet medium body. The alcohol seems a tad evident and breathy bending to a slightly sour note as the glass edges toward room temperature.

Though not as rich as other medium bodied, semi-dry whites I’ve tried, this would be a nice alternative to Tsing Tao or Tiger Brand beer to serve with Thai food or similar Asian-fusion dishes. I’m just now enjoying this wine with a few slivers of Grand Padano cheese; the combination is like a spoonful of caramel made from a can of sweetened condensed milk! Nice.