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Our second release of Frambelle (the 2009) will be available just in time for Valentine's Day 2010. (PV will be open that weekend 13,14,15-Feb-2010).

We're using an unusual square bottle (see right). Click for a closeup of the front label, left panel, right panel.

The wine is made from 100% Bainbridge Island raspberries, grown by our next-door-neighbor Akio Suyematsu at the Day Road Suyematsu Farm, with grape neutral spirits added. It's somewhat like a port, somewhat like a liqueur. Unfortunately we cannot use either of these terms on the label, so it's called simply a dessert wine.

The name "Frambelle" is our own mishmosh of the French words for raspberry (framboise) and beautiful (belle).

Tasting notes: You're greeted with stunning fresh raspberry aromas, and on the tongue a touch of sweetness with just enough acid to keep it fresh and brisk. This wine is 19% alcohol, so be sure to sip it lightly to enjoy it to the fullest.

It will last up to about 10 weeks once opened if kept refrigerated, so you needn't feel obligated to polish it off the same evening it's opened.

Our label is a commissioned artwork. Please visit our page with more information about Dianne Gardner of Port Orchard who painted this lovely cluster of raspberries.

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