Isabella

Reportedly named after a famous southern belle, Isabella was allegedly discovered in North Carolina. This grape is believed to be a hybrid of a Vitis labrusca grape and an unknown Vitis vinifera.

In New York State, small acreages of Isabella can still be found. Here, it is used in the production of some varietal and sparkling wine and as a table grape. Cold resistant, Isabella's greatest success may be in the former Soviet Union. Here, it is used for both juice production and wine making.

In Eastern Europe, Isabella is called many names, such as Seksarda in Croatia, and Izabella in Hungary and Georgia. As Fragola, it is cultivated in the cooler areas of Italy and Australia. In New Zealand, the Kiwi version is called Albany Surprise. Large acreages of this grape are grown in Brazil, where it is easily the leading vine. It is found in other areas of South America, as well as in Portugal, and Japan. Altogether, the vine has more than 50 aliases and can be found in a number of far flung regions. Although Read more »

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  • Dutton Estate Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Karmen Isabella 2010

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    Just a fantastic Russian River pinot! Both dark and bright red cherry, green plum, along with some other subtle citrus and a touch of cranberry on the back end. Excellent mouth watering acidity, great balance between the fruit, acid and alcohol, and a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Woodward Canyon Dolcetto Estate Bottled 2012

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    The wine is a deep ruby in the glass, with great color and legs. The nose is just terrific, with rich aromas of leather, ripe berries and mineral notes. The taste is lovely, with a blast of fresh fruit at the outset, strawberries, blackberries and cherries, which effortlessly transition to some notes of dusty limestone, cocoa powder and warm s... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • San Quirico Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva Isabella 2006

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    Excellent vernaccia that L brought back from her Italy trip. Almonds, honey, ripe stone fruits (ripe pear and peach), excellent acidity and a long full finish. This is a big white that is still going strong. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Le Baron Ranch School Car Petite Syrah 2010

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    good one! but surprisingly reminds Isabella grape. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Lykhny 2012

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    Love it - i wish i could find it in the US! Read More

    Wine review by Kabo


  • Asconi Old Tavern Red Dessert 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by uniximports


  • Goose Watch Rosé Blend Cayuga Lake Rose' of Isabella 2011

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    Way too sweet. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Monk's Order 2011

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    ok, i'm not a big lover of sweet wines but i try my best.First of all the ... ... but it has very nice sweet "Isabella" hints and deep well balanced tast Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Woodward Canyon Merlot Columbia Valley 2010

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    This was part of a wonderful trip to Walla Walla Valley this past holiday season! Fruity nose. This was a light merlot with plenty of tannins to boost with very earthy, woody note that reminds one of moist tree bark. Interesting Merlot! For more on the Walla Walla trip, please visit http://dionyshius.blogspot.com/2013/01/woodward-canyon.html Read More

    Wine review by shsim


  • Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley NV

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    This was part of a wonderful trip to Walla Walla Valley this past holiday season!This was a meaty savory red blend with plenty of tannins. It was almost sticky, and the Cabernet franc I believe made it much lighter than it would have been. This would be great for everyday drinking!For more information, please visit http://dionyshius.blogspot.com... Read More

    Wine review by shsim


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