JoieFarm Muscat 2011 (Naramata, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [C]

Muscat 2011 – JoieFarm Winery, 11.1% ABV – 750ml, (Naramata, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine)

on the back label:

“…The inspiration for this wine is the dry Muscats of Northern Italy, low in alcohol, crisp in acidity and perfumed like no other wine. The true charm of Muscat is that the pure floral, peachy aromatics are exactly what you will find in the glass….”

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  • Style: (vintage, Muscat) White Wine
  • Taste: Big acidic soft sour peach med tart lime more acid
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $26 CAD (after 10% off) – 750ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to white wine lovers:

Visual: Screw-top cap. Pours clear golden straw yellow

Nose: pear, apple, hints of stone fruit, light tangy. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: incoming sour fruity

Mid-palate: peach accompanied by immediate cloying sustained acidic tartness, (lvl-3-sweetness), lime, white table grape

Finish: residual acidic sour

Summary: Just average, no particular delicious flavours or characteristics, yet nothing offensive about it either.

Valencia Moscato – The Tapas Wine Collection (Spain)

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  • My Rating: [C+]

Valencia Moscato 2013 – The Tapas Wine Collection, 5% ABV, 650ml, (Cheste, Spain)

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  • Taste: Medium cloying fruity apple-pear-muscat
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $14 – 750ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: more for casual drinkers

Visual: Pours very light beige with tight clusters in the center, small bubbles.

Nose: sweet apple pear peach muscat grape. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: medium acidic, dense sugars, light fizzy

Mid-palate: medium cloying stickiness, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) red apple, pear, muscat grape

Finish: light-bodied, sour-tangy, residual sweet finish.

Summary: Inviting and playful flavours accompanied by a bubbly crisp mouthfeel, decent. Somewhat cloying and repetitive by itself, best with some appies. Beware of the heartburn on an empty stomach.

Red Electra – Quady Winery (Madera, California)

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  • My Rating: C+

Red Electra 2007 – Quady Winery, 5.5% ABV, 750ml, (Madera, California, USA)

from the Quady website:

“Red Electra – For several years, some of our avid Electra fans have been asking for a red version of Electra. In the year 2000 we had fun making a small batch. The reception was so overwhelming, it flew out the doors. The wine even received a double gold medal at the San Francisco Fair. It has continued to take flight and win medals every year since.

On the label of Red Electra there is an angel soaring in a red dress and it is after dark. She could be going to a party. There is something exciting about an angel wearing a red dress going to a party after dark. This will be a very good party.

Red Electra is a yummy wine with only 5% alcohol, a pretty red color, a grapy sweet taste, and a tangy, spritzy mouth feel. It’s a good wine for angels to drink when they party.

We don’t advise drinking Red Electra before noon. Red Electra has attitude. Red Electra will change your attitude. If you take Red Electra to a party, it will change everybody’s attitude.

GOLD MEDAL:
2008 World Wine Championships – 92

Silver Medal:
San Diego National Wine Competition

Special Award:
Beverage Testing Institute- 91 pts”

  • Style: (sweet, low ABV) Dessert Wine
  • Taste Profile: tingly-electric sweet mouthfeel -> red grape/raspberry/muscat -> cloying sweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot (??)
  • How much: ~$20 – 750ml, sometime in 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, as a mixer
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: more for casual drinkers

Visual: The name “Electra”, comes from the sensation of tingly-shock you feel when you drink this particular wine, according to their website. Also on the back label is a nutritional fact box, which is a first that I’ve seen on ANY bottle of liquor. Pours ruby red with extremely SUBTLE slow bubbles, and some tiny bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.

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Nose: a blend of raspberry, cherry, and red grape. (5)-aromatic strength.

Attack: sweet-tingly (electric-as advertised) mouthfeel, dense sugars

Mid-palate: (8)-sweetness, (MAIN) red grape, raspberries, muscat juiciness (MILD) raisin, cherry

Finish: light alcohol detection, medium-high cloying, sticky fruity sugary finish.

Summary: A pretty straight-forward and enjoyable sweet dessert wine that won’t break the bank. Clean flavours overall but the sweetness becomes overbearing and cloying the more you drink it. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Bonterra Muscat 2001 (Lake County, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: C+

Muscat 2001 – Bonterra Vineyards, 9.0% ABV, 375ml, (Lake County, CA, USA)

from the Bonterra website:

“This Muscat has an intense floral nose with delicate notes of HONEYSUCKLE and ORANGE BLOSSOMS. Low alcohol and bold acidity offers a refreshing brightness from the wine that finishes clean and crisp.”

  • Style: (Muscat) Dessert Wine
  • Taste Profile: sugar/tangy -> red apple/pear/honeysuckle -> cloying/tangy/alcoholic bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : LD Dilworth
  • How much: $20, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: not for the hardcore, instead for the casual drinker.

Visual: 2001 Vintage, it was already 10 years old when I picked it off the shelf. This type of wine doesn’t benefit from aging but it’s still intriguing to try a 10-year old bottle of just about anything. Note that the 2011 vintage on the Bonterra website is now 8% ABV as opposed to 9% in this bottle. Pours apple juice golden yellow with a few small bubbles settled at the bottom of the glass.

Nose: typical apple/white grape/pear of muscat wines, but not that pungent (4/10-aromatic strength)

Attack: incoming sugars, tangy

Mid-palate: dense sweetness(7/10), (MAIN) red apple, honeysuckle, bartlett pear, medium sharp acidity

Finish: medium cloying sugars, water-like viscosity, mild saliva phlegm (not exactly “phelgm” but a thickening of the saliva that kicks back up your throat due to the sugary sweetness), tangy/light sour/mild alcoholic bitter finish.

Summary: Honeysuckle is there but orange blossoms are barely detectable, if at all. Mostly tangy sweet apple and pear. Quite approachable and a good price point. Sugars get too aggressive after the 1st glass and as it warms.

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.

Silkscarf Riesling-Muscat 2009 (Canada)

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Silkscarf Riesling-Muscat 2009, 12% ABV – 750ml, (Summerland, BC, Canada)

On the back label:

“The Riesling and the Muscat grapes have been crushed and fermented together to produce a well-unified body. This wine nicely combines the dominant Riesling mineral flavour with the Muscat’s typical honey aroma. Melon and mango notes add a soft finishing trace to the Muscat fruity flavour.”

  • Style: (Riesling-Muscat) White Wine
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile:  bright sweet/tart  -> green apple/pear -> tart/cloying finish.
  • Where I got it: Purchased @Winery
  • How much: $20, Summer 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear light golden yellow. Strong pear/apple/white grape. Drinks with a bright dense 7/10-sweetness, med-heavy tartness, medium acidity, sour green apple, pear, stone fruit, finishing med-tart/cloying. Low-med complexity, okay transitions, okay carry, okay drinkability. 1st 1/3rd is okay, gets kinda boring afterward.

Flipflop Bubbly Moscat (NV) (California)

Bubbly Moscato (NV) – flipflop, 10% ABV – 750ml, (Ceres, California, USA)

on the back label:

“Light-bodied, sweet bubbly Moscato bursting with juicy peaches and ripe pears with a soft, lingering finish. Bright, sweet notes pair well with Gruyere cheese fondue, spicy tuna rolls, or simply as an aperitif.”

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  • Style: (sweet) Sparkling Wine
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Med-high sweetness -> peach/lychee/green apple -> cloying sticky finish
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $10 (after 10%), Sept/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to friends: Yes!

Tasting notes: pours clear light golden yellow with lots of CO2 action, small CO2, not much head retention. Fruity pear/lychee on the nose. Bold 7/10-sweetness up front mixed with light-med sourness, light tang, alcohol, peach, pear, lychee, white grape, green apple, med-high cloying lingering sugar sticky finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. A very affordable and drinkable bubbly.