December 10, 2010

McK Ranch unveils new dessert wine

Wine Review by Nate Rafn

Bettie McKibben, co-owner of McK Ranch, has just finished adhering all the labels to her new wine bottles. She's teamed-up with Illahe Vineyards to produce two wines with the McK Ranch label. The first was a 2008 Siegerrebe, a sweet, smooth white wine, limited to just 198 bottles.

The latest wine is called Ruby Red Dessert. It's a young Port-style wine, sold in a tall, slender, 375-milliliter bottle. The label has an elegant charcoal-colored background with images of grape leaves intertwined. A gold ribbon with the text "McK Ranch" stretches across the front and back.



Name: Ruby Red Dessert
Winery: Illahe Vineyards
Grape: Marechal Foch, fortified with brandy
Origin: Meadows Vineyard, Willamette Valley, OR
Alcohol Content: 18%
Bottle Size: 375 milliliters
Price: $29.00


The wine opens with an aroma of fresh, dark fruit- blackberries, strawberries, and Rainier cherries. The color is dark red with a hint of purple. A quick swirl in the glass reveals the full-bodied, syrupy texture. The taste is sweet with lots of forward fruit and a dry finish. As a young dessert wine, the flavor profile is not complex.

I recommend this wine in small doses, paired with chocolate and fresh berry desserts.

Ruby Red Dessert wine from McK Ranch.

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