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Tualatin Estate Semi-Sparkling Muscat-Frizzante 2010
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.
One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a Mediterranean 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 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. Silty, loess soils are found in the Chehalem Mountains.
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.