Saturday, April 14, 2012

Review: ***+ $$$ Quady Essencia Orange Muscat Sweet 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 Essencia wine is made in a sweet, dessert style from orange muscat grapes.

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

In the glass: Deep, vibrant honey color.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows brilliant, sweet flower blossoms and mineral plus motor oil.  I mean that in the yummiest way.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full, fragrant and boldly sweet.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact lighter, sweet and much more delicate than anticipated - with white flower blossoms forming the core of the experience.  The sugar is apparent, as is the alcohol, but this is one of the more delicate 15% alcohol dessert wines you will find.  The finish does show a sweet stickiness in the throat.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for pleasurable finesse on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale

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