Wedding Oaks Bridal Bliss Muscat Canelli 2015

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Wedding Oaks
Fanciful Name: Bridal Bliss
Varietal: Muscat
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: Texas
Appellation: Texas High Plains
Retail Price: $25.99

Tasting Notes: Only 381 cases produced of this Frizzante-style sparking. 100% Muscat Canelli sourced from a single vineyard in the Texas High Plains AVA. Honeysuckle and pear flavors balance a hint of minerality. Easy drinking, and perfect for those hot afternoons.

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Terres de Muscat 2013

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Terres
Varietal: Muscat
Vintage: 2013
Appellation: Muscat de St Jean de Minervois
Retail Price: $12

Tasting Notes: This bright, golden Muscat has rich, white flower aromas and tastes of apricot, fig and mango. The smooth texture and structure combined with the dried fruit note make this dessert wine versatile and balanced.

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Robert Hall Orange Muscat 2014

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Robert Hall Orange
Varietal: Muscat
Vintage: 2014
Appellation: California
Retail Price: $17

Tasting Notes: An energetic and bright wine that captures the essence of sweet and refreshing. The floral notes and gentle mandarin orange pop of fruit, combined with the vibrant acidity and the refreshing finish, make this the perfect first-course summer-meal wine.

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Resplandy

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Resplandy
Varietal: Muscat
Appellation: Muscat de St Jean de Minervois
Retail Price: $13

Tasting Notes: A rich, mouth-filling — yet medium-bodied — Muscat with notes of lychee, apricot and apple blossom. Always the bold variety, this Muscat is intensely packed with dried fruit and fresh honey notes, and is a perfect dessert pairing or on its own.

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Yalumba Museum Reserve Muscat NV

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Yalumba Museum Reserve
Varietal: Muscat
Country of Origin: Australia
Retail Price: $24

Tasting Notes: This wine is a rare treat for the price and complexity. It has an amazing raisin/prune and burnt toffee combination that makes it an amazing food-pairing wine. There is this very subtle port-like quality with this wine. Combined with all the amazing flavors, this gives the wine amazing depth.

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La Sirena 2015

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La Sirena
Varietal: Muscat
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: California
Appellation: Napa, CA
Retail Price: $29

Tasting Notes: Honeysuckle, lychee and peach predominate in this Heidi Barrett creation. Muscat Canelli clones produce a dry, complex wine, beautifully balanced, with a touch of lime on the finish.

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Domaine de Durban, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2014

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Domaine de Durban
Varietal: Muscat
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: France
Retail Price: $15 per 375-ml.

Tasting Notes: A lovely “vin doux naturel” that exudes much complexity. Flaunting apricot, caramelized orange peel, almond skin and beeswax, this is a treat for the senses. Its oily texture and sweetness is gracefully carried on an undercurrent of fresh acidity. This will drink well for many years to come.

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Domaine de Durban Muscat

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Domaine de Durban
Varietal: Muscat
Retail Price: $15 per 375-ml.

Tasting Notes: This is one of, if not the best, example for the money coming out of Beaumes de Venise. The fruit is perfectly concentrated, following booming aromatics, in this wonderful dessert wine. The vines are over 35 years old and it definitely shows in the quality.

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Girasole Vineyards Muscat Canelli 2014

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Girasole Vineyards
Fanciful Name: Canelli
Varietal: Muscat
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: California
Appellation: Mendocino
Retail Price: $15

Tasting Notes: This marvelous wine is sure to delight aficionados of dessert wines, as well as wine-lovers, period. From handpicked, certified organic/vegan grapes from vineyards planted in the 1950s. Aromas of tropical fruits explode while pouring the wine. Intensely sweet flavors of mango, nectarine and orange abound, finishing with racy, refreshing acidity that balances the sweetness perfectly. Pair this with smoked salmon, curries, spicy Asian foods or even BBQ ribs. It’s perfect for dessert with fresh fruit or chocolate. 13.5% ABV.

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Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Muscat 2013

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Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
Varietal: Muscat
Vintage: 2013
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Alsace
Retail Price: $26

Tasting Notes: Pale gold in the glass, the nose is dominated by fresh stone fruit with touches of spice and dried fruit. The palate is exceptionally well balanced, with the fruit and acid working in tandem on the lengthy finish.

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