' Finnriver: Port-Style Spirited Wines

Port-Style Spirited Wines

More refined "port style" dessert wines fortified with custom-distilled apple or pear brandy and aged with oak for several months. Aged, blended, and thoughtfully balanced.

Notes of caramel and oak, with woody roots, rich apple depth and warming brandy heat.  This wine goes through all of the stages of apple metamorphosis: it begins as apple juice which we ferment into an apple wine. We then fortify this wine with our apple brandy. The finished wine ages with oak spirals or in a barrel. This is considered a ‘fortified wine’ and not a distilled spirit. Similar to the French method “vin doux natural,” whereby wines are fortified with a neutral spirit to stop the yeast before fermentation is complete and all sugars have been converted into alcohol. The wines thus retain some naturally occurring sugar, perceived as sweetness on the palate. Our brandy is custom-distilled by Skip Rock Distillers.  

Enjoy with a plate of hard cheese and sliced apple or pear. Also lovely sipped with a sorbet to create a lively exchange of cool and heat.

Sweetness: Sweet but not wholly dessert. Retains some naturally occurring sugar.

Alcohol Percentage: 18.5% abv

Bottle Volume: 500 ml.

$24.99 per Bottle
$149.94 per Case

Delicate and luscious with delightful pear bouquet and warming finish.  We take pear juice which we ferment into a pear wine. We then fortify this wine with our apple brandy and if needed, back-sweeten with pear juice. The finished wine ages with oak spirals or in a barrel. This is considered a ‘fortified wine’ and not a distilled spirit. Similar to the French method “vin doux natural,” whereby wines are fortified with a neutral spirit to stop the yeast before fermentation is complete and all sugars have been converted into alcohol. The wines thus retain some naturally occurring sugar, perceived as sweetness on the palate. Our brandy is custom-distilled by Skip Rock Distillers. 

Sweetness: Sweet but not wholly dessert. Retains some naturally occurring sugar

Alcohol Percentage: 18.5% abv.

Bottle Volume: 500 ml.

$24.99 per Bottle
$149.94 per Case