2019 Nigl Muskateller Gelber Eiswein, Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

A nice treat to be able to try this at the winery.  10.5% abv.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has elderberries and sea air.  Viscous texture.  Good acidity.  On the palate, sort of an apricot liqueur note.  Long finish.  This is tasty and easy to drink.  Great on its own, this would work with a not too sweet berry pastry.  Drink over the next ten years.  

2021 Nigl Gelber Muskateller, Austria, Lower Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Muskateller probably doesn't get the attention it deserves, getting short shrift to the Gruners and Rieslings in Austria.  Yet, some are quite charming and well worth visiting.  This is one.  Silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has lychees, elderberries, apricots and slight minty note.  Moderate acidity.  On the palate, this is dry.  Apricots, lychee and slight elderberries.  Nice texture.  Good finish.  This drinks easy on its own and would be a nice wine with a lighter lunch.  Drink over the next few years.  

2021 Weingut Knoll Gelber Muskateller Federspiel Loiben, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is a very interesting wine.  It is a bit sweet but not cloying or dessert level.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is pretty.  Very floral.  Medium bodied.  Viscous texture.  On the palate, the floral aspects come thru.  Long finish.  This is a pretty wine that drinks well now and should continue for another five to eight years.  It drinks easily and on the lighter side on its own and will work well with lighter foods.  Tuna salad would be a nice match for lunch.

2019 J. Vidal-Fleury Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

This is a dessert wine made from Muscat a Petit Grains in the southern Rhone.  Vidal Fleury is now owned by the Guigal family, but the winery is the oldest in the Rhone.  Thomas Jefferson visited in the 1700's.  This is an excellent value in dessert wine.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is pretty with apricot and blood orange and a slight honey note.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  Sweet, not cloying.  On the palate, oranges and slight honey notes.  Long finish.  A nice way to top off an evening.  This is nice on its own and would work well with a less sweet cake or cookie.  

2021 Weinbau & Heuriger Stoiber Gelber Muskateller Ried Limberg, Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Very aromatic wine.  Silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is pretty.  Perfumed with lychee nuts and slight herbal notes (wild thyme?).  Medium bodied.  On the palate, moderate acidity with pear.  Moderate finish.  Not a lot of depth here but very enjoyable for what it is.  Drink over the next few years.  Nice on its own, this will work well with lighter dishes.  Soft cheeses such as brie would work well.  

2021 Heuriger Hamböck Bluton Muskateller, Austria, Krems, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

Served at  Heuriger Hamböck in Krems, Austria. Tocken.  12.5% abv.  Green/silver/gold in color, clear and bright.  The fragrant nose has apricots and wild fennel.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, the apricots come thru.  Good finish.  This is a delightful light wine.  It drinks nicely on its own and will work with lighter foods.  Nice with semi-hard local cheeses.  Drink over the next year or two.  

2021 Sauska Sárgamuskotály, Hungary, Tokaji, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$8.00USD

This is a dry wine made from the Sárgamuskotály (also known as Muscat à Petits Grains) in Hungary.  Consumed at the Liz & Chain sky Rooftop bar in Budapest.  Slivery/green/gold in color, clear and bright.  It has an interesting nose of orange, mint, tarragon and acacia flowers.  Light bodied with a slight viscosity.  On the palate, this has nice lime notes with slight orange peel.  Moderate acidity.  Long finish.  A refreshing wine at the end of a hot day.  It drinks well on its own and will work well with lighter foods.  Fried artichokes would work well.  

2018 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé, Italy, Sicily, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

This is a desert wine from an island just off the coast of Tunisia, Africa, but belonging to Sicily.  There are strong winds and the grapes lose their moisture and raisin on the vine.  It is made from the Zimbibbo grape which is also known as Muscat of Alexandria.  It has an amber iced tea color, clear and bright.  The nose is amazing with apricots, orange peel, dried pineapple, and wild sage.  Full bodied and viscous.  On the palate, apricots, dried apricots, and orange rind with enough acidity to balance the sweetness.  Long finish.  Delicious and interesting.  This will likely last for d

NV Karas Muscat Sweet Sparkling, Armenia, Armavir, Wine Review

Score: 
85
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

This is a sparkling wine from Armenia made from the Muscat grape.  The secondary fermentation happens in tanks not bottles which is a pretty successful process used in Eastern Europe and Asia to make inexpensive sparkling wines.  Tasted with a group, lots of comparisons to Asti Spumante or Martini & Rossi wines which is fair, but this beats most of those in price.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  A nice froth of larger bubbles which leaves the glass quickly.  The nose has nice peach notes with some minerality.  On the palate, there is some carbonation.  Slightly sweet but not

2016 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance, South Africa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$85.00USD

This is a classic dessert wine in an attractive 500ML bottle.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is drop dead gorgeous.  Apricots, marigolds, slight honey, floral notes, and a touch of dried fruits (oranges?).  Full bodied.  Viscous.  Sweet not cloying.  Clean.  On the palate, this is not quite the nose, but outstanding anyway.  Layers of candied apricots, quince (think tart oranges with more acidity), and just a touch of spice (nutmeg?).  Enough acidity to balance the sweetness.  Complex and also delicious.  Long finish.  This should last decades.  Great on its own, this should

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