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Tualatin Estate Semi-Sparkling Muscat-Frizzante 2010

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        6.7% ABV

        Winemaker Notes

        The stylistic vision of this wine is based upon the Italian Moscato, a Moscato of Asti; light, fresh and low in alcohol.

        The nose opens with effervescent aromas of orange, peach, pear and honeysuckle. The bright mouthfeel and refreshingly tangy acidity featuring tart green apple is balanced with sweet, explosive pear flavors. A slight effervescence cleanses the palate. The semi-sparkling bubbles also contribute to a stimulating mouthfeel. The finish is lively, clean and fresh, inviting another sip.

        Great by itself on the patio. The perfect wine for brunch or dessert, and also a good match with fresh strawberries, brandied pears, strawberry-rhubarb meringue and cheesecake. Serve ice cold (to preserve the CO2 bubbles) in a champagne flute and watch the bubbles tickle your nose.

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        Tualatin Estate

        Tualatin Estate Vineyards

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        Tualatin Estate Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon
        Established in 1973, Tualatin Estate Vineyards is one of the most respected winery and vineyard sites in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Wine grapes from our 200-acre vineyard have produced world-renowned wines for years. Building on this experience as well as the latest innovations in winemaking and viticulture practices, Tualatin's motto is "Old Vines. New Vision."

        Willamette Valley

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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 temperate climate moderated by a Pacific Ocean influence, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture—warm and dry summers allow for steady, even ripening, and frost is rarely a risk during spring and even winter. Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation, cooler vineyard sites. The three prominent soil types here create significant differences in wine styles between 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. The silty loess found in the Chehalem Mountains, somewhere in between the other two in texture, is fertile and well-draining but erodes easily, creating challenges for growers but necessitating careful vineyard management.

        The celebrated Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley typically offers supple red fruit, especially cranberry, without the powerful punch often packed by its California counterparts. Elegance is paramount here, and fruit flavors are balanced by forest floor, wild mushroom, and dried herbs—much more in line with Burgundian examples of the variety. Chardonnay too takes its inspiration from the French motherland, focusing on tart, crisp fruit and minerality, rarely relying upon heavy new oak. Pinot Gris here is fleshy and bright, and Riesling is dry, aromatic, and citrus-focused.

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        Apart from the classics, we find many regional gems of different styles.

        Late harvest wines are probably the easiest to understand. Grapes are picked so late that the sugars build up and residual sugar remains after the fermentation process. Ice wine, a style founded in Germany and there referred to as eiswein, is an extreme late harvest wine, produced from grapes frozen on the vine, and pressed while still frozen, resulting in a higher concentration of sugar. It is becoming a specialty of Canada as well, where it takes on the English name of ice wine.

        Vin Santo, literally “holy wine,” is a Tuscan sweet wine made from drying the local white grapes Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia in the winery and not pressing until somewhere between November and March.

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        PBC1594340_2010 Item# 109314