2011 "MAGIC HOUR" WHITE MOSCATO ROSATOWine Match Special Selection

86% Muscat Blanc
Stein Family Wines

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $20.00
club price: $14.00
available:Yes
cases:500
formats: 750mL
released:Jul 16, 2012
date profiled:Jul 27, 2012
region:Central Valley
AVA:Lodi
vineyards:Various
estate fruit:No
single vineyard: No
brix at harvest:24.4°
alcohol:11.0%
fined:No
filtered:Yes
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:100% Used  
oak aging: 6 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
muscat blanc 86% Lodi
cabernet franc 14% Lodi
 
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low sulfite wine
Winemaker Josh Stein Notes
This one was based on a dare, and your eyes do not deceive you—this is a red 'white' Moscato! A good friend derided Moscato, saying it was "quaffable" but not ready for primetime, daring me to work my "magic" on the style. Always up to a challenge--more than half of why I make wine, after all--I solved this puzzle in a legal if slightly unusual way via this "rosato" of Moscato and Cabernet Franc, one of my favorite blending friends. Wines made in lighter styles require winemaking finesse and restraint, and as our goal is always a wine which will work with rather than against food, that meant taking this one in a slightly different direction than others' Moscatos. Naturally lighter through lower alcohol, a certain complexity of flavo ...more... rs is also needed to work well with food. The Cab Franc adds a plushness to the wine while also bringing out a lovely watermelon note perfect for summertime, evening appetizers year-round, and effortless end-of-meal conclusions. Chilling adds to the crispness, letting the consumer decide her preferred way to pair. We called it "magic hour" both in honor of our son's painting on the label as well as for that special time of the late afternoon which is perfect for memories. Enjoy!
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