Speaking of challenging years, here’s the first wine from that 2010 vintage.
Our Muscat is always dry and always clear, clean, and crisp. To get the best Muscat, you have to pick later than you pick Pinot Noir so that the skin turns gold. The smell in the vineyard drives the animals crazy and it’s a battle to keep the crop if it’s a late season.
Actually, we were really amazed with how 2010 turned out. It’s a little more like the 2008 than the 2009, dry and crisp rather than sweeter. I expect plenty of “boo” from the 2009 fans as well as plenty of “hurray” from the 2008 fans.
It’s showing very well now with a nose that reminisces of eating a peach in front of a waterfall. However, plan for that acidity to drop over time and melon to replace the peach.
Serve with at least one hour’s chill, but not too much - extreme cold will stifle the nose and flavor. This wine is the perfect bottle for a barbeque chicken, pork, or shrimp.
Total Alcohol: 12%
Time in Barrel: none
Clonal blend: 100% Muscat Ottonel
Source: Forest Grove Estate