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Torres Vina Esmeralda 2014

Muscat from Penedes, Spain
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11% ABV
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3.3 16 Ratings
11% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Fragrant and floral with lime blossom and acacia honey. Notes of fresh fruit such as Muscat grape, citrus, and tropical passion fruit. Sensual and silky on the palate and framed by the seductive, delicate acidity of pink grapefruit.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
One of my favorite Muscat from anywhere in the world, the 2014 Torres Vina Esmeralda is at once serious and fun. This wine excels with its delightful aromatics—ripe fruits and citrus are on the forefront—and combines them with chalk, dust, and earth keeping it well in the realm of being a food service as opposed to existing merely for cocktails. Its lively and bright finish pair it well with roasted poultry—perhaps the Thanksgiving bird if you prefer Old World wines. (Tasted: November 15, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
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Torres, Penedes, Spain
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In 1870, when the Torres family founded its wine-making and exporting company, they understood the importance of both respecting traditions and maintaining the utmost quality of their products. Today, thanks to this hundred year old commitment, Bodegas Torres is a strong leader in the Spanish wine and brandy industry.

A superior source of white grapes for the production of Spain’s prized sparkling wine, Cava, the Penedes region is part of Catalunya and sits just south of Barcelona. Medio Penedès is the most productive source of the Cava grapes, Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada. Penedes also grows Garnacha and Tempranillo (here called Ull de Llebre in Catalan) for high quality reds and rosès.

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, making wines of considerable quality 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. It is well known in Italy's Piedmont region for Moscato d’Asti, a slightly sparkling, semi-sweet, refreshing wine that is low in alcohol. On the Iberian peninsula, it goes by Moscatel, not to be confused with Bordeaux's Muscadelle, which is acutally unrelated.

In the Glass

Muscat wines possess marked aromatics and flavors of peach, pear, Meyer lemon, orange, orange blossom, rose petal, jasmine, honeysuckle or lychee, often with a hint of sweet spice.

Perfect Pairings

Thanks to its naturally low alcohol levels, Muscat is a perfect match for spicy Asian cuisine, especially when the wine has a little bit of residual sugar. 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 Secret

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.

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