Oregonians are proud — rightly so — of the Marionberry, developed in 1956 by Oregon State University and tested in nearby Marion County. Hence the name. The folks at Oak Knoll Winery in Hillsboro have embraced “the Cabernet of blackberries,” and do a delicious job creating dessert wine from it. It’s difficult to discern the aromas from those of raspberry, and the wine also brings in hints of bramble berry blossoms, honey and vanilla ice cream. The flavors blend raspberry with blackberry and purple plank taffy, backed by Mandarin orange acidity that deliciously balances the residual sugar of 8.7% and carries on through the pleasingly thick finish. Suggested pairings with this 375-milliliter offering take in cheesecake, chocolate and fruit tart. Add a shot to plain sparkling water for a fun spritzer.
Production: 212 cases