Quady Elysium Black Muscat 2008 (USA)

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Elysium Black Muscat 2008 – Quady Winery, 15% ABV – 375ml, (Madera, California, USA)

from the Quady website:

“Elysium – Black Muscat, another under appreciated muscat variety, is known in Europe as a table grape variety, Muscat Hamburg, one of the very few black skinned muscats. If ripened to about 25 brix, it attains a rose-like aroma and litchi like flavor. This rose-like aroma led us to name the wine Elysium, Greek for heaven. Drinking this, you can almost feel you have fallen into a rose garden and been transported to heaven.

Elysium is used to either accompany or replace dessert. It is wonderful with blue cheeses, with desserts containing red fruits (such as Summer Pudding, an English favorite), with vanilla, with dark chocolate, with ice cream desserts, and candlelight. One favorite is to pour the wine onto vanilla ice cream. Serve Elysium Sundae with a glass of Elysium.

A very cool cocktail is the “Angeli Cooler”. Fill a wine glass with ice cubes. Combine tonic water with Elysium (1/2 and 1/2) and a lemon wedge. The Angeli Cooler is perfect on those warm summer nights.”

  • Style: (fortified) Dessert Wine
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Grape sweetness -> black currant/litchi/rose/concord grape -> alcohol/sweet/tannic finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $16, Summer 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: no

2nd Tasting notes: pours clear luscious deep dark magenta. Black currant and alcohol on the nose. Drinks with a med-heavy, gently dissipating sugary 10/10-sweetness (10-sweetness BCLC), aromas of black currant, rose, litchi, concord grape, transitioning into grape-brandy alcohol, finishing mildly sugary cloying, medium tannic and alcoholic. Low-medium complexity, medium depth, okay transitions, decent carry, decent drinkability. Pretty one-noted and basic; would be suitable as a mixer.

1st Tasting (Feb/2012), 2006 bottling:

My Notes:

  • My Rating: D
  • Why I don’t like it: the sweetness overwhelms the palate
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor stores
  • How much: $16, 375ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours dark concord grape purple, some sediment in the bottle, thicker than water viscosity. Concord grape, litchi, and discernible alcohol on the nose. 10/10 on the sweetness scale and starts immediately upon sipping, litchi/purple grape mixed with alcohol, rose, and ends cloying and alcoholic. Medium complexity, low-medium depth, low-medium length. The sweetness kills most of the flavour and experience.

My Notes:

  • My Rating: D
  • Why I don’t like it: the sweetness overwhelms the palate
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor stores
  • How much: $16, 375ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours dark concord grape purple, some sediment in the bottle, thicker than water viscosity. Concord grape, litchi, and discernible alcohol on the nose. 10/10 on the sweetness scale and starts immediately upon sipping, litchi/purple grape mixed with alcohol, rose, and ends cloying and alcoholic. Medium complexity, low-medium depth, low-medium length. The sweetness kills most of the flavour and experience.