Review by Ashley Serbus of Cellar 624
Herry Cocoa Wine
Rookery Rock, 2022
“[The Cherry Cocoa Wine] is a sweet fruit wine that pairs well with many chocolate desserts. Very much fruitforward with a hint of chocolate behind the cherry. This wine is made from Western Red Sandcherries, sourced from Lake Maud, MN, infused with cocoa powder. We wanted a chocolate fruit wine that featured the fruit with only enough chocolate to enhance but not overpower the fruit.”
– Mark Vining, Rookery Rock
- Aromas of currant, cherry, cola, and earth
- Mediumbodied wine with a touch of acidity and effervescence
- Lingering, chocolatey finish
Whoa! This wine from Rookery Rock was not what I was expecting—but in a great way! This sweet red wine is exactly what it sounds like. On the nose, I experienced aromas of currant, cherry, cola, and earth, along with floral notes and hints of espresso. This is a nice medium-bodied wine with a touch of acidity and effervescence. There is some heat from the alcohol in this wine, which you don’t always experience in a sweeter varietal.
The layers of flavor vary from chocolate to cherry to red fruits and cola. Initially, I tasted notes of dark chocolate-covered cherries (my dad always had these around at Christmas!) and then as the finish lingered, I was reminded of one of my mom’s favorite candies, a tootsie roll or tootsie pop sucker!
This wine pairs with a variety of foods such as barbacoa, creamy cheeses (Havarti, blue, and brie), as well as complimenting a salty treat like potato chips. Personally, I would enjoy this wine on its own for dessert, or with a side of cheesecake. The Cherry Cocoa Wine from Rookery Rock is a must-try! A very unique blend and nostalgic flavor.