Wine Description & Statistics
|Santa Barbara County
2011 Orange Muscat
Winemaker Bruce McGuire looked to a cool climate pocket west of Los Alamos as a source for this captivatingly aromatic varietal.
The ancient Muscat grape umbrellas over a family of varieties, three of the most common in California being Orange Muscat, Muscat Canelli, and Black Muscat. Also known as Moscato Fior d'Arancio in Italy, Orange Muscat is not nearly as widely planted as the better known Muscat Canelli.
Orange Muscat has been known to produce delicious dessert wines that play off of the wine's inherently floral nose and orange tint in the glass.
This wine is a pleasant apertif with its pronounced sweet floral and orange blossom nose and mouth-filling exotic flavors. It has a refreshing crispness on the palate that lends itself to pair with seafood dishes and soft ripe cheeses. Also a nice match with spicy Asian cuisine and Thai Basil.
Winemaker's comments: The vineyard is located less than 10 miles from the ocean, west of Los Alamos. Vibrant, intense Muscat aromas benefit from a long cool 'hang time'.
The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to maximize its aromatic intensity.
Suggested retail: 17.00/750ml
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Dates: Sept. 24, 2012
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Total Acid: .73
Date Bottled: February 7, 2012
Production: 218 cases