A case for Thanksgiving wine

By on November 17, 2013

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

oak-knoll-winery-frambrosia-labelBest Buy! Success 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 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

Pairings: This dessert wine can stand alone or work well with pumpkin pie. We’d pair it with a glass and call it good.

Production: 350 cases

Alcohol: 12%


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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .


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