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2017 Muscat Blanc
  Late Harvest
  Anderson Valley, Mendocino
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In the last three decades, Navarro has produced late-harvest wines from Riesling and Gewürztraminer grapes but rarely from Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains grapes. Because of Muscat's powerful aromatics, bees often beat us to the punch. When grown in a cool climate, such as Anderson Valley's, Muscat Blanc, like Riesling, exhibits high levels of acidity, which is highly desirable when producing a sweet wine as the piquant acidity balances the sweetness and prevents the wine from being cloying. Since many of the world's Muscat wines are sweet, wine drinkers have come to associate Muscat's distinctive floral aromas with dessert. In 2017 we decided to produce a sweet Muscat in addition to the dry version that we've made for twenty years. We harvested fruit for the dry version in early October and about a week later we returned to harvest grapes for this sweet Muscat. This royal sweetie is as tempting as a poached pear mille-feuille, honey cake or candied orange peel but maintains a tart, sassy finish. Gold Medal winner.

[above] Sarah and Skyler tending beehives.

Harvested: Oct. 11, 2017 Sugars at harvest: 25.0° Brix
Bottled: Feb. 27, 2018 Cases produced: 487
Alcohol: 10.0% Residual sugars: 7.5%
Titratable acidity: 11.2 g/L pH: 3.00

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