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2012 Moscato di Canelli



2012 Moscato di Canelli

Price: $25.00


After two cool and damp years, 2012 was literally a burst of sunshine. The vines responded to the light harvest of 2011 with a large crop of excellent grapes. Winemakers throughout Napa Valley were delighted to face the problem of insufficient tank space, otherwise known as too much of a good thing.

The grapes for our Moscato are grown on our Estate St. Helena vineyard in  a block adjoining the Napa River. Proximity to the river increases humidity, favoring the development of Botrytis cinerea, the “noble rot” that intensifies flavors and adds candied notes to the floral and tropical fruit flavors that are the hallmark of Moscato.

We bottled only 100 cases of 375mL bottles. The 2012 vintage is only 11.8% alcohol and 9.5% residual sugar. We intentially harvested these grapes very late in the season, when they had already begun to raisin on the vines and the noble mold Botrytis had begun to work its magic, concentrating and enriching the flavors. This wine has the classic Moscato aromas of apricot, white peach and jasmine with a honeyed character brought by the Botrytis. On the palate these flavors are complemented by hints of cinnamon and allspice. This wine may age almost indefinitely, growing in complexity with time, but it is a rare soul who has the patience to hide some away and find out. Enjoy!

- Matt Reid, Winemaker

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