Silvan Ridge Early Muscat 2001

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    This wine was fermented at a low temperature to accentuate the fresh fruit character. It displays explosive peach, mandarin orange and classic floral Muscat aromas that jump out of the glass. The flavors mirror the nose with a lively citrus quality, refreshing acidity and spritz to balance the sugar. The finish is clean refreshing with long fresh peach flavors reminiscent of the best Italian moscatos. Serve very well chilled as an apéritif or as a dessert with fresh fruit. This wine was fermented at a low temperature to accentuate the fresh fruit character. It displays explosive peach, mandarin orange and classic floral Muscat aromas that jump out of the glass. The flavors mirror the nose with a lively citrus quality, refreshing acidity and spritz to balance the sugar. The finish is clean refreshing with long fresh peach flavors reminiscent of the best Italian moscatos. Serve very well chilled as an apéritif or as a dessert with fresh fruit.

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    Silvan Ridge Winery, Oregon
    Established in 1979, Hinman Vineyards is one of Oregon's largest leading wineries. We offer eight distinctive varietals under our Hinman Vineyards label as well as a reserve line, Silvan Ridge, offering award-winning Muscat-Huxelrebe, Late Harvest Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
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    One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a continental climate moderated by the influence of the Pacific Ocean, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture and the production of elegant wines.

    Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation vineyard sites.

    The valley's three prominent soil types (volcanic, sedimentary and silty, loess) make it unique and create significant differences in wine styles among its vineyards and sub-AVAs. The iron-rich, basalt-based, Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and hold water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals. In the most southern stretch of the Willamette, the Eola-Amity Hills sub-AVA soils are mixed, shallow and well-drained. The Hills' close proximity to the Van Duzer Corridor (which became its own appellation as of 2019) also creates grapes with great concentration and firm acidity, leading to wines that perfectly express both power and grace.

    Though Pinot noir enjoys the limelight here, Pinot gris, Pinot blanc and Chardonnay also thrive in the Willamette. Increasing curiosity has risen recently in the potential of others like Grüner Veltliner, Chenin blanc and Gamay.

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    Alluringly aromatic and delightful, Muscat never takes itself too seriously. Muscat is actually an umbrella name for a diverse set of grapes, some of which are genetically related and some of which, are not. The two most important versions are the noble, Muscat blanc à Petits Grains, and Muscat of Alexandria, thought to be a progeny of the former. Both are grown throughout the world and can be made in a wide range of styles from dry to sweet, still to sparkling and even fortified. Muscat is well-known in Italy's Piedmont region (where it goes by Moscato) mainly as Moscato d’Asti, a slightly sparkling, semi-sweet, refreshing wine low in alcohol. On the Iberian peninsula, it goes by Moscatel, not to be confused with Bordeaux's Muscadelle, which is acutally unrelated.

    Tasting Notes for Muscat

    Muscat makes a dry, sweet or sparkling white wine. Regardless, Muscat wines always possess marked aromatics of rose petal, jasmine, honeysuckle or orange blosson. These wines can have flavors of peach, pear, Meyer lemon, orange and lychee, often with a hint of sweet spice.

    Perfect Food Pairings for Muscat

    Muscat is a perfect match for Asian cuisine and other spicy foods. Off-dry Muscat can work well with lighter desserts like key lime pie and lemon meringue, while fully sweet Muscat-based dessert wines are enjoyable after dinner with an assortment of cheeses.

    Sommelier Secrets for Muscat

    Muscat is one of the oldest known grape varieties, dating as far back as the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Pliny the Elder wrote in the 13th century of a sweet, perfumed grape variety so attractive to bees that he referred to it as uva apiana, or “grape of the bees.” Most likely, he was describing one of the Muscat varieties.

    DIM75261_2001 Item# 73882

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