Quady Elysium Black Muscat (375ML half-bottle) 2007
Other Dessert from California
Black Muscat, another under appreciated muscat variety, is known in Europe as a table grape variety, Muscat Hamburg, one of the very few black skinned muscats. If ripened to about 25 brix, it attains a rose-like aroma and litchi like flavor. This rose-like aroma led us to name the wine Elysium, Greek for heaven. Drinking this, you can almost feel you have fallen into a rose garden and been transported to heaven.
Elysium is used to either accompany or replace dessert. It is wonderful with blue cheeses, with desserts containing red fruits (such as Summer Pudding, an English favorite), with vanilla, with dark chocolate, with ice cream desserts, and candlelight. One favorite is to pour the wine onto vanilla ice cream. Serve Elysium Sundae with a glass of Elysium.
Andrew Quady started making wine in the mid 1970's. Working for a major wine company he moonlighted to produce his own ports and in 1980 experimented with Orange Muscat, ultimately making an amazing floral fruit character wine that he called Essensia. In 1990, Quady decided to produce a new type of dessert wine, light, delicate and very refreshing. He tasted Orange Muscat juice as it was turning into wine. When the juice was just on the verge - halfway between wine and grape juice, he bottled a test batch. The wine tasted wonderful, but the alcohol was only 4% (most wines are at least 11%). Using sterile filtration to prevent refermentation, he bottled it anyway and named the new creation Electra. View all Quady Winery WinesIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
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4 ratings, 4 with reviews112/20/2010There is substantial variation from year to year and perhaps even case to case. This sticky can be elegant and refreshing or cough syrup.112/20/2010There is substantial variation from year to year and perhaps even case to case. This stick can be elegant and refreshing or cough syrup.512/4/2010I cannot get enough of this wine and it has become my absolute favorite. Before I used to only drink white wines, but since trying this I have discovered that reds too can be sweet (sometimes). Very multi-functional... Drink alone, pair with desserts or fruits, or add as a special baking ingredient.Mnemosyne's pool - Old Bridge, NJ31/25/2010this delightful dessert wine, made from the Black Muscat or Golden Hamburg grape has a wonderful nose of bright citrus, a fruit filled taste, and a short tart finish. For a dessert wine, it has an unexpected acid to balance out its abundant sugars. All in all, much more of a wine than should be expected at its price point.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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