Oak Knoll Winery NV Frambrosia Raspberry Wine, Oregon, $14

By on September 3, 2013

oak-knoll-winery-frambrosia-labelSuccess with homemade fruit wines inspired the Vuylsteke family to launch Oak Knoll Winery in 1970, and 30 years ago, they won the Governor’s Trophy at the Oregon State Fair for this wine. The nose screams of strawberry-rhubarb pie, raspberry jam and cinnamon toast, but the raspberry presents itself more in the mouth. There’s nice richness on the entry and the spritzy acidity (a lofty total acidity of 12.5) provides some good length. It’s finished with a hint of brambleberry leaf, which brings some complexity and reduces the perceived  sweetness of the residual sugar (9%). It’s not labeled as a dessert wine, and it’s presentation on the palate is more along the lines of a late harvest, so be mindful of pairing with sugary desserts.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 350 cases

Alcohol: 12%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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