Muscat 2012

Muscat 2012

Winemaker Notes

The fruit was harvested at peak flavor, fermented cold to preserve its unique aromatics and halted early to capture its own natural sugar and bright acidity at a lower alcohol. This delicious wine, obviously and uniquely Muscat, combines a great array of flavors from sun ripened peach, Asian pear, orange blossom and honeydew to mango and juicy pineapple. We recommend pairing with selected cheeses, almond biscotti, sponge cake or apple crisp.


Awards, Ratings, Reviews

Outstanding! & Wine of the Week,  Great Northwest Wine
"Muscat is one of our favorite varieties because it often is so beautifully aromatic. Most Muscats are not to be confused with the lingering Moscato craze that has swept through the nation. They typically are not  bubbly, overly sweet sippers but rather are elegant, delicate wines. This one from Southern Oregon also delivers on the palate, providing delicate and perfectly balanced flavors. This opens with aromas of lychee, gooseberry, lime and slate, followed by rich flavors of jasmine, honeydew melon, orange oil and clove. Though it is 4% residual sugar, you might never know it because the richness in the mouth balances with moderate acidity. It's a complex and layered wine. This earned our top "Outstanding" rating in a blind tasting."

Wine of the Week, Chuck Hill,
"Here is another delicious Muscat crafted from a varietal blend of 88% Early Muscat and 12% Muscat Blancs á Petit Grains.  The grapes were harvested at peak flavor and fermented cold to preserve Muscat’s unique aromatics (take a walk through a Muscat vineyard at harvest time, WOW!).  Look for aromas and flavors of ripe peach, mandarin orange, melon, lychee and grapefruit."


Technical Notes

Fruit Source:  Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date:  2, 9 October 2012
At harvest:  Sugar; 22.3o and 25.0o brix
Varietal Composition:  Early Muscat (88.8%), Muscat Blancs à Petits Grains (11.2%)
At bottling:  R.S.; 4%   pH; 3.68   TA; 5.47 grams/liter
Cooperage:  Stainless Steel
Closure:  Screwcap
Case Production:  136 (750 mL)
Alcohol:  11% by volume