Category Archives: Muscat

The Wines of Donnafugata

During our recent trip to Sicily I had the opportunity to visit with the team at Donnafugata both on the main island in Marsala and on the small and windswept island of Pantelleria. The wines run the spectrum from fresh, … Continue reading

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Innocent Bystander Moscato 2010

Innocent Bystander, Victoria, Moscato 2010 This wine is delightful – ebullient with the smell and taste of fresh strawberries, sprinkled with sugar. The body is light and the bubbles add lift, creating a refreshing sensation for the summer. Bottled under … Continue reading

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Ceago Muscat 2009

Ceago Vinegarden, Clear Lake, Del Lago, Estate Grown, Muscat Canelli 2009 The nose features fresh flowers, especially if you give it 15 minutes in the glass to open up – then you’ll find an explosion of orange blossoms and a … Continue reading

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Cascina Castle’t Moscato d’Asti 2008

Cascina Castle’t, Moscato d’Asti 2008 This wine is delightful in its expression of orange blossoms with an added complexity from the extra year in the bottle – creamy and delicious. Estate bottled by Maria Borio in Costigliole d’Asti 5.5% purchased … Continue reading

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Quady Elysium 2006

Quady, California, Elysium, Black Muscat 2006 The nose features a grapy/berry expression, a bit liquer-like. In the mouth it is light-bodied and sweet, reminiscent of fresh raspberries and grape jelly – nice. Winemaker Michael Blaylock. P&B in Madera, L0702, 15% … Continue reading

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Jaboulet Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 2007

Paul Jaboulet Aine, Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, Le Chant des Griolles 2007 The nose features the expected orange blossom of Muscat with the region’s typical spiritous character in the subtly in the background. In the mouth you’ll find oranges and cinnamon, … Continue reading

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Quady Electra 2009

Quady, California, Orange Muscat, Electra 2009 This wine features much of the taste of fresh Muscat with petillance and acidity to balance the thickness. RS is in the range of 16- 17% and the wine is bottled under Stelvin. This … Continue reading

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Vignalta Sirio Dry Moscato 2007

Vignalta, Moscato del Veneto IGT, Dry, Sirio 2007 It’s quite interesting tasting this wine 3 years on since the grapes were harvested. Often I drink up dry Muscats like this fairly soon. Tonight we have wine though, that is still … Continue reading

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La Caudrina Moscato d’Asti 2009

La Caudrina, Moscato d’Asti 2009 This is a consistent wine, with a repeat of notes from the previous vintage:  a lovely sense of orange blossoms in the nose while the mouth is sweet and ethereal – very nice. Estate bottled … Continue reading

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Navarro Edelzwicker 2008

Navarro Vineyards, Mendocino Table Wine, Edelzwicker 2008 The flowers are vibrant when you smell this wine – really delightful. In the mouth the fruit combines nicely with the sweetness. You’ll also pick up a sense of the Gewurz and its … Continue reading

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