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Friday, March 23, 2012

2011 Muscat

We are bottling the 2011 Muscat today, here is a bit of a preview:

But first off:

Behold, the sweet-o-meter!

Retail Price $16
Nova Vineyards, Yolo County
60% Moscato Giallo, 40% Muscat Canelli
Giallo hand harvested at 23 brix 9/22/11
Canelli hand harvested at 25 brix 9/19/11
Low temperature 20-day fermentations,
lots were fermented separately
No malolactic fermentation, just a bit of battonage, no oak
3.29 bottling pH
RS/.7 = 7 grams per liter residual sugar
300 cases produced
Hand bottled
12.5% ABV

The Moscato Giallo portion was harvested at lower maturity to impart minerality, acidic backbone and less tropical flavor to the mix while the Muscat Canelli was harvested at its aromatic peak. These come together to make a serious and elegant Muscat with length, great delicacy and just a touch of sweetness. Enjoy with spicy food, fried appetizers or simply chill down and consume while in the sun.

The 2011 vintage was a strange one with very moderate weather, increased humidity and lower temperatures than usual. Usually warm Yolo County experienced many days of fog and a beautifully slow ripening season that produced good minerality, excellent seed ripeness and only moderate skin ripeness with no sunburn or overripe flavors.

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