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2007 Monterey County Orange Muscat – SOLD OUT

2006 Monterey Orange Muscat

Vineyard Location: Monterey County
Bottling Date: January 26, 2009
Harvest Date:  September 23, 2007
Brix at Harvest: 24.8
Alcohol: 12.5%
pH: 3.65
TA:  0.61
Residual Sugar: 3.19 %
Cooperage: 100% Stainless steel

Winemaker's Comments

An annual favorite, even amongst our bold, red signature wines, our 2007 Orange Muscat explodes with a rich bouquet of Shingo pear, orange blossoms and honey. The palate of tangerine, crisp pear and golden apple precedes a finish of peaches with honey-glazed, dried oranges. Serve this wine as an aperitif or dessert; this wine is surprisingly versatile. Try it drizzled atop a fresh fruit salad or with caramelized oranges over fresh ginger pot de crème. My favorite dessert with this wine is angel food cake made with orange zest. Once the cake is made, you cut the cake in half and lay down a layer of mandarin oranges that you soaked in the Orange Muscat and a layer of fresh whipping cream in the middle. To finish it off, you drizzle some dark chocolate across the top.

Muscat

The Muscat grape is the world's oldest known grape variety. It probably originated in Greece but maybe the independent sultanate of Muscat in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula had something to do with it. Over 200 different varieties and derivatives to the Muscat family exist today. The most commonly known varieties of muscat grapes are: Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains (also called Muscat Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Muscat Frontignan, Moscato Bianco, Muscat de Frontignan, Muscat d'Alsace, Muskateller, Muscatel de Grano Menudo, and Moscatel Rosé). Muscat of is used for sherry (and is one of only three permitted grape varieties to be used in a true Sherry. Orange Muscat used for some wines in California. Muscat is the only grape to produce wine with the same aroma as the grape itself. Sweet fortified Muscats have a classic rich, nose of dried fruits, raisins and oranges. This strong perfume prompted the Roman author Pliny, in his "Natural History," to declare it "the grape of the bees." The French noted the grape's musky character and called it "Musqué," The vine itself is very vigorous but low yielding with medium size very dark green leaves. Bunches are medium sized, cylindrical in shape and elongated, very much like a chardonnay bunch. Muscat grapes range from white to almost black in color.

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1 - 2 cases: 10% off, 3 - 5 cases: 15% off, 6 + cases: 20% off (does not apply to Library & Reserve wines).
Mixed cases allowed. Wine club members are given an additional 5% off on all purchases.

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