The fruit, a harmonious blend of Muscat Blanc á Petits Grains and Early Muscat, was harvested at peak ripeness. Arresting this cold fermented wine early captured its own natural sugar and bright acidity at a lower alcohol. This sublime wine, obviously and uniquely Muscat, combines a great array of flavors ranging from papaya, Asian pear, orange blossom and honeydew to apricot and candied pineapple. We recommend pairing with spicy Asian foods or a pincho of jamón serrano and melon.
Awards, Ratings, Reviews
Top 50 for 2014, The Seattle Times
"#39. ...this Roseburg, Ore., winery also shows a deft touch with the aromatic muscat. This is no floozy of a wine, either, showing intense flavors." article
Outstanding!, Great Northwest Wine
"A few years ago, founding winemaker Earl Jones decided to create an off-dry white option for visitors to his Southern Oregon tasting room. He went with one of the world’s oldest varieties, and it didn’t take Andrew Wenzl much time to dial this in — earning our top rating for the second straight vintage. In 2013, they had their Early Muscat and Muscat Blanc vines plucked on Sept. 14, and it offers the quintessential Muscat nose of lychee, rosewater, Texas pink grapefruit, cotton candy and bubblegum with tremendous spicy hints of cardamom, clove and cinnamon. On the palate, it’s akin to a spoonful of spiced grapefruit and a nibble of lychee nut, followed by a roundness on the midpalate of poached pear. There’s pleasing acidity to join Muscat’s typical citrus pith bitterness, and while the residual sugar is listed at 3.5%, that sweetness appears merely as a gift at the end. Suggested pairings include Asian foods with heat or tapas featuring Serrano ham."
Wine of the Week, WinesNW.com
"This wine from Abacela’s estate Fault Line Vineyards is a blend of two Muscat varieties: Early Muscat (76.4%) and Muscat Blancs a Petits Grains (23.6%). The delightfully fragrant nose of lychee, roses, baking spice and citrus lead to a palate with a rainbow of similar flavors with tart acidity mellowed by 3.5% residual sugar. Owner Earl Jones suggests pairing with Asian foods with heat or tapas featuring Serrano ham."
Silver Medal, Savor NW Wine Awards
Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation: Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date: 14 September 2013
At harvest: Sugar; 23.0° and 25.0° brix
Varietal Composition: Early Muscat (76.4%), Muscat Blancs à Petits Grains (23.6%)
At bottling: R.S.; 3.5% pH; 3.71 TA; 6.59 grams/liter
Cooperage: Stainless Steel
Bottling date: 26 February 2014
Alcohol: 12.7% by volume
Case Production: 149 (750 mL)