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Jost Maple Wine

Jost Maple Wine   85/100
a review by Chip Dkstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Published July 13, 2012

Jost Vineyards is situated along the picturesque Northumberland Strait, just off the Sunrise Trail in Nova Scotia, Canada. The waters of the Northumberland Strait bring the warmth of the South Atlantic to the Maritimes creating an ideal climate for growing grapes in a climate which features a long, warm, frost-free season.

Jost Vineyards Maple Wine is made from maple sap collected from the vast maple forests of Nova Scotia. The maple sap is carefully ‘cool’ fermented until the desired concentration of residual sugars is reached. The result is a unique dessert wine.

In the Bottle 4/5

The Jost Maple Wine arrives in a tall very slender corked bottle. This style of bottle is used extensively in Canada for Ice-wines, and to be honest, that is what I thought the Jost Maple Wine was until I read the label more carefully. I like these bottles as they tend to stand out from the crowd. However, they do have the drawback that they are so slender that they tip over rather easily with just a minor amount of jostling (no pun intended). The labeling for the dessert wine is satisfactory, but I would not call it inspiring.

In the Glass 21/25

The initial nose from the glass reminds me more of ripe green apple than it does of maple. In fact, my first thought when I took a sniff was that the spirit is very reminiscent of BC Apple Cider. It was when I dropped an ice-cube into the glass and gave it a good swirl to chill the contents, that I began to finally receive those maple notes within the fermented apple cider smells. It is a pleasant sort of nose, with less sweetness and a little more overt fermentation than what I was expecting.

In the Mouth 42.5/50

At room temperature, I would swear I was drinking a sweet style of apple cider wine, and not a maple wine. How fermented maple brings forward such a strong flavour of green apple is a mystery to me.

Again, it is a well placed ice-cube that changes the character of the wine completely. I still taste green apple cider, but when the glass is chilled, the maple flavour pushes through strongly as well. I am mystified at first, because usually it is the sweeter flavours that are tempered with ice. I suppose I should not be surprised that a tart apple flavour is tempered even more. As you can probably guess, I prefer the chilled wine with that maple sweetness pushing through.

In the Throat 13/15

When chilled, the Jost Maple Wine has a nice lingering maple sweetness which is left upon the palate. It is very enjoyable.

My Final Impressions  4.5/5

When served from the refrigerator, the Jost Maple Wine is great. The dominant flavour I taste is green apple cider rather than maple, but just enough sweet maple pushes through to make this a delightful after dinner drink.

If you are interested in some comparative reviews, here is a link to all of my Dessert Wine Reviews!


Note: My Wine Scores are computed in the same manner as my scores for distilled spirits. This means that my total score out of 100 is generally lower than what you would see in popular wine rating magazines. (Those magazines appear to have a system which scores almost all wines at 85 points or more.) My system is described below and you may (loosely) interpret my scores as follows:

0-25     A wine with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    A mediocre wine which will excite no one.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, still rather unexciting.
80-84    Enjoyment begins here.
85-89    Very good to excellent!
90-94    You may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this one yet…but I want to.


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