rpm wrote:Quite the coup for WineDavid39 and wine woot! What a Black Friday treat and surprise!!
The Essencia lives forever (I still have some 1981 in the cellar...) and is a beautiful wine!
All of their wines are fabulous. Through the 1979 vintage, Quady made a truly remarkable, extremely long-lived Zinfandel port, the best ever in California IMHO, and I tried every Zin port I could get my hands on back in the '70s and early '80s. Again, I still have some of the '79 Quady in my cellar, to be used on the same sorts of occasions I'll use my '70 and '77 Ports.
If you like dessert wine at all, or think you might, this is an (increasingly rare with all the offerings...) rpm MUST BUY.
Done, for 3! I hate most american sweet wines for being sickly sweet, but if you like it, it will have the required quality. I wasn't going to look again, but your definitive knowledge here, along with the huuuge .9 TA makes for this to be a delight in store!
Incidentally, the Orange Muscat variety compose at least one of the offerings from Temecula's Bella Vista winery, which since 2004 or so is now run by a delightfully idiosyncratic Hungarian couple who are uch more experimental than most American winemakers, (late harvest Cab Sauvignon anyone? or LH Petite Sirah!!!) and realise the SoCal climate, even high up, needs something more than just Cab / Chard. I reviewed the trip here in the forums, ad there's a large set of notes on the Bella Vista. Their Muscat Canelli based wines were even better.
And finally, I had a Muscat de Rivesaltes last night, for the first time in probably 20 years. Amazing stuff too, and yes, I was young when I last had it. Its primary flavour on the palate is of pears. Sweet, but with a fine, acrid acidity and mid-palate which, come to think of it after reading the Quady description, could be described as quite phenolic. I'm thinking it might therefore use the Orange Muscat grape. Worth looking for if you like fine balanced dessert wines. Made by a few chateaux near Rivesaltes, it's worth a pop for those for whom, say a Muscat de Beaumes de Venise is just too much!.
Incidentally, Rivesaltes is a French town twinned with Clitheroe, Lancashire, the principal town in the Borough of Ribble Valley where my mother was mayor in the late Thatcher years and in which rural district I grew up, back in the 80s. Hobbits can on occasion be spotted by those who know where to look.