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IMPACT Wine Details

Description: Sunday, March 22, 1998, at approximately 7 p.m., the ground beneath the feet of Bert and Cord Switzer moved as they stood in the Old Spanish Trail Research Vineyard. It was suspected at first to be another earthquake similar to the one occurring April 13, 1995, registering 5.6 on the Richter Scale. Later, it was discovered at the very same moment, two meteorites impacted in the city of Monahans, 55 miles to the northwest. It is believed another meteorite impacted even closer to the vineyard but has yet to be uncovered. Whether this astronomic event impacted on the grapes used in this wine cannot be proven - on the other hand, can it be disproved? Whatever the case, enjoy this blend of four different Muscat grapes (Muscat Alexandria, Muscat Canelli, Muscat Hamburg and Muscat St. Vallard) and enjoy the IMPACT of life.

Varietal Definition
Muscat, thought to be one of the oldest grape varieties, is grown worldwide. It is vinified in a multitude of styles, from still to sparkling, and dry to sweet to fortified. Also called Moscato, Moscatel and Muskateller, it is a sweetly aromatic, fruity grape that has many genetic variations and colors. It probably originated in Greece but maybe the independent sultanate of Muscat in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula had something to do with it. Over 200 different varieties and derivatives to the Muscat family exist today. Muscat Canelli, Orange Muscat and Black Muscat are varieties most planted in California, which makes primarily still wine. More unusual is Muscat fermented to total dryness, which leaves greater alcohol levels and no residual sugar. Some Muscats are aged in oak to provide additional complexity.Today’s recommended Muscats represent many of these styles, so use the tasting notes and percent of residual sugar - listed if provided by the winery - to find a wine you’ll enjoy. The more sugar and the lower the alcohol, the sweeter the wine, though wines above 10 percent alcohol can also be somewhat sweet.
Muscat Canelli:
Known by many names, this grape’s official French name is Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, which translates as ‘Muscat with small berries’. In California, the name Muscat Canelli is common, derived from Moscato di Canelli, a name used in Italy. In the northern hemisphere this late-ripening variety is mainly used to make semi-sweet and sweet dessert wines, or as a table grape. Grown in many countries, including Austria and Germany (Muskateller), Hungary (Muscat Lunel), and France (Muscat Frontignan), it may be the oldest known grape, confirmed as growing around the Mediterranean for centuries. However, it should not be confused with Muscat of Alexandria, a grape with a similar ancient history in the same region.


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