2017 Moscato di Canelli (375ml)
Blend Composition | 100% Moscato di Canelli
Appellation | Estate St. Helena Vineyard
Harvest Date | October 6
Finished pH | 3.90
Finished TA | 5.1 g/L
Alcohol by Volume | 12.5%
Residual Sugar | 11.0%
Production | 108 cases
We had a wet start to 2017, so welcome after 5 years of drought. The bulk of the rain fell in January and February but rains continued into April, ensuring that the vines would have ample water throughout the growing season. The harvest started more or less on time with average to slightly low yields. What started in water ended in fire. Fortunately we had harvested most of our fruit before the October fires. We will not be using any fruit harvested after the fires.
The grapes for our Moscato are grown on our Estate St. Helena vineyard in a block adjoining the Napa River. We gently press the grapes and conduct a long, slow fermentation at a very low temperature to maintain the floral and tropical fruit flavors that are the hallmark of Moscato.
Bright, pale straw in color, this wine offers heavenly aromas of apricot, white peach, jasmine, candied citrus, and orange zest with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. On the palate, it is lush and silky with a delicate vibrancy. The flavors develop and intesify on the palate, leading to a long, gratifying finish.
Enjoy as an apertif or with Cambozola cheese as an appetizer. It also goes great alongside a stone fruit tart dessert.
- Matt Reid, Winemaker