Exotically perfumed nectarines, wild peaches, white blossoms and honey lead to a delightfully refreshing palate on our sweet Moscato d'Oro wine. Named after the Italian word for the Muscat grape and gold (Oro), this is a youthful expression of a variety with ancient roots in the gloriously sun-splashed islands of Greece. 100% Muscat
2015 started warmer and drier than usual, without a drop of rain in January. The dry conditions continued well into April with some early irrigation in the vineyards. A cooler May reduced fruit set and provided the first signs of a lighter crop for the vintage. The harvest brought in fruit at optimal flavor maturity before a series of heat waves hit the valley. Overall, the 2015 harvest is one of the earliest on record. The grapes for our fragrantly expressive Moscato d'Oro were picked between September 1st and September 24th.
By harvesting the grapes over numerous, labor-intensive pickings between September 4th and September 14th, we capture an array of aromas and flavors from citrus and floral notes of the lower-maturity fruit to the spicy, tropical character of riper fruit. The hand-picked grapes were gently pressed as whole-clusters to retain the delicate fruity flavors. Additionally, we inoculated the juice with a yeast strain selected to heighten the inherent floral character of our beautiful Muscat. We stopped the slow, cool fermentation when the natural sweetness reached optimal balance with the acidity. The wine was bottled early, in February of 2016, to retain freshness and fruitiness.
Food Pairing Notes
Orange rind cranberry sauce, or pound cake with reduced berries.
We enjoy sweet wines so when we were at your winery last summer and discovered you offered this Moscato, I was thrilled. Although your other wines might fit the palate of dry wine connoisseurs, I was beyond joy when they offered this to sample. It was because of this wine, we joined as members! Thank you for offering such a "fine" sweet wine. P.S. - I can drink it any time with any foods! :)
(Mar 19, 2017 at 5:16 AM)
I am picky when it comes to wines. Regardless of what others say - I like it sweet. When I finally found this wine in 2001 I was so over the moon. Then a few years later I fell apart when it was no longer available, but totally thrilled that it's back!!! Have tried many others while this one was not available, nothing compared to this one.