Saturday, April 7, 2012

Review: ***+ $ Red Electra Muscat Wine, California, 2010 - BEST VALUE

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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 Spring we will be 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 wines are fermented cool and chilled to halt fermentation.

Original tasting and review : This is Red Electra Muscat Wine, California, 2010, finished at a light 5.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Red Electra is light to medium ruby red with hints of violet.  

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows sweet red berries with a mineral oil undertone.  Not quite as "spiky" as the petroleum notes that emanate from the Electra Muscat, but in that same genre.    From the aroma, seems like this will be refreshing, bright and sweet. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite bright and sparkling with the sweet red fruit.  A tiny hint of pleasant, foxy concord somes through as a secondary note.  But overall, a gentle, lightly sweet red currant seems to be the primary flavor element.  Finish stays bright and clean. No cloy or sweet residue.  In fact, it finishes perky and with an alcohol tug in your upper cheeks.  Quite fun. 

In summary: Overall, like its sister Electra Muscat, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus.  The plus is for its simple and balanced attractiveness.  Best value. 

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