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Terre Rouge Muscat-à-Petits Grains, Shenandoah Valley

Terre Rouge Muscat-à-Petits Grains, Shenandoah Valley Wine Details
Price: $15.00 per bottle

Description: Our only dessert wine was inspired by the delicious fresh fortified Muscats of southern France. This is Muscat that isn’t overly sweet. It would be appropriate as an apéritif, but, mainly, we like it as an accompaniment to a desserts like a fresh berry clafoutis or a pear tart with ginger and almonds. Flowery, muscaty/honeyed bouquet with hints of coconut and lush fruity flavors. Try it by itself, for a memorable end to a great evening meal. Harvested, ripe, at 27° brix and fortified to arrest fermentation with high-proof Muscat brandy made from the same vineyard site. Aged nine months in neutral French oak and bottled in the Suummer following harvest.

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.


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