Saturday, April 14, 2012

Review: **** $$$ Elysium Black Muscat Dessert Wine, California, 2010

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Spring in the northeast United States is a wonderful time to begin considering the lightly chilled, generally lightly sweet wines from the muscat grape, often called moscato.  Widely available in Italy (as moscato), the grape is finding a friendly home in California as well.  This week we have been sampling and reviewing a number of wines from Quady Winery in Madera, California, which specializes in the production of lightly-sweet to dessert-style wines.  Review samples were provided by Quady.  The Elysium wine is made in a sweeter, dessert style from black muscat grapes.

Original tasting and review : This is Quady Elysium Black Muscat Dessert Wine, California, 2010, finished at 15.% alcohol.

In the glass: Light ruby red. 

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows a bright, red, invigorating and intoxicating sweet mineral oil element, with candy apple notes abounding.  From the aroma, seems like this will be brilliantly fragrant, sweet and compelling.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bold red currants with rose petal sweetness surrounding the palate.  Soft and yet bold on the palate.  Potent alcohol carries the rose petals along for a lengthy finish, which does bring some sticky sweetness at the close. 

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, thanks to its very compelling aromas and sweet balance.   At its price, approaches best value status.

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