Beaulieu Vineyard Muscat de Beaulieu, California, 375ml
The Muscat de Beaulieu is very Sauternes-like in style offering beautiful high-tone expressive perfumed aromas of jasmine, orange blossom, ripe peach, honey and mandarin oranges. The intriguing bouquet leads to a mouthwatering palate filled with citrus, peach, honey, vanilla creme and almond flavors. The viscous palate is delicate and very well balanced, supported by refreshing vibrant acidity that leaves a lingering, flavorful finish.
Winemaking & Vineyard Notes
The majority of the Muscat used in this wine comes from grapes grown in the historic Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch 12 vineyards. BV Ranch 12, located in Calistoga, experiences dramatic diurnal temperature swings with hot days and very cool evenings. There is a wide range of soil types in this vineyard and its home to Beaulieu’s most diverse set of vine plantings including Touriga, Tempranillio, Charbono, Marsanne and many more. Additional grapes were sourced from partner growers in the Central Coast of California.
This is a fortified wine made by using a Solera aging system, often common in the production of Spanish Sherries and Portuguese Ports. This is a system of producing fortified wines by rotating wine through a series of casks. Based on the maturity levels of several wines and ranging from the oldest to the most recently produced, the process consists of drawing off one quarter to one third of the oldest wine for bottling. For this Muscat, younger vintages were used to top the older vintages, created a blended non-vintage wine that is truly unique to the composition produced each year. This Muscat is a blend of wines dating back to 1987.
This sweet dessert wine pairs very well with fruit pies or cobblers (apple, peach and pear), or strong cheese, like blue Roquefort cheese as well as hard cheeses served with lavender honey or fig jam.
Varietal: 100% Muscat Canelli
Ageing: 100% Stainless Steel
Acidity: 4.0 g/L
2015 Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Collection Napa Valley Port, 750ml
This Port has a core of dark macerated blackberry, black cherry and dark plum alongside notes of black licorice and perfumed rose petal floral notes on the nose. Lots of dark red berry sweet pleasing fruit is present on the palate while the mouthfeel is viscous with inviting texture and soft chewy tannins, finishing with warmth from alcohol and a delicate spice from the oak with notes of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.
Winemaking & Vineyard Notes
The majority of the Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Charbono, and Touriga used in this wine comes from grapes grown in the historic Beaulieu Vineyard Ranch 12 vineyards. BV Ranch 12, located in Calistoga, experiences dramatic diurnal temperature swings with hot days and very cool evenings. There is a wide range of soil types in this vineyard and its home to Beaulieu’s most diverse set of vine plantings including Touriga, Tempranillio, Charbono, and many more.
This is a fortified wine that is made like a traditional red wine, but the difference is that Port wines do not undergo a complete fermentation. Instead, our winemakers stop the fermentation by the addition of grape brandy spirit when the ideal sugar level is reached, killing off the yeast, and leaving behind a naturally sweet wine with higher residual sugar levels than a traditional red wine. The addition of grape spirit also creates the higher alcohol at 18.5%. Using traditional Portuguese grape varietals like Touriga Nacional, known for creating the best Ports in the world, this wine also harkens back to the traditional Port-making techniques of Oporto, Portugal that inspired this wine.
This sweet dessert wine pairs very well with strong blue cheeses, like Roquefort, as well as decadent dark chocolate desserts like chocolate ganache cake or brownies. It’s also the perfect “winter warmer” to be enjoyed on its own in front of a roaring fire or a cozy movie night in on the couch.
Aging: 70% New French, Hungarian, and American oak for 22 month
Acidity: 6.1 g/L
Residual sugar: 102 g/L
Cases Produced: 252
2013 Sterling Vineyards Muscat Canelli, Calistoga, Napa Valley 375ml
One of the world’s most ancient varietals, Muscat has inviting sweet floral and candied orange qualities that make for an enticing dessert wine. Our Muscat Canelli opens with delicate aromas of damask rose and fragrant orange blossom, layered with lychee, white peach, mandarin and lavender. The plump, creamy palate is deftly balanced by lemon zest and mineral notes, with a hint of coriander spice on the finish.
Winemaking & Vineyard Notes
Our Muscat Canelli comes from the Solari Vineyard, nestled at the base of Mount Saint Helena in the northernmost wedge of Napa Valley, along the Napa River. Run by the Solari family for three generations, this vineyard is meticulously maintained. The vines are pruned in a unique style: two long and two short canes are braided along the wire, leaving the bright orange- and gold-flecked clusters evenly spaced. Composed of deep volcanic tufa and loam soils, the vineyard is dry farmed and benefits from two cooling influences, one from down valley and the other from the west through the Knights Valley gap along the Russian River. The wide difference in temperatures between the warm days and the cool nights is favorable because, as Winemaker Mike Westrick puts it, “we like to leave these grapes hanging until they’re crying.”
To get the rich, ultra-ripe flavors for our Muscat Canelli, we patiently waited until the fruit reached 28º to 32º Brix before we hand harvested it. At the winery, the grapes were destemmed, followed by a pre-press maceration. This process, which allowed extended skin contact, gently released the aromas out of the skins without any harsh phenolic influences. The fruit was then gently pressed, cooled, settled and racked into stainless steel for a long, cool fermentation. When the wine approached the appropriate level of residual sugar, we decreased temperatures, arresting fermentation and leaving a touch of sweetness.
With long flavors and finely tuned acids, this sweet dessert wine is the perfect match to fruit-studded desserts such as mango cheesecake or orange crème brulee. Serve this sweet treat with a mouth-watering Mango Tart!
Bottle size: 375ml
Varietal: Muscat Canelli
Appellation: Calistoga, Napa Valley
Included in the Box
1x Beaulieu Vineyard Muscat de Beaulieu, California 375ml
1x 2015 Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Collection Napa Valley Port, 750ml
1x 2013 Sterling Vineyards Muscat Canelli, Calistoga, Napa Valley 375ml
4x Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Muscat de Beaulieu, 375ml
4x 2015 Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Collection Napa Valley Port, 750ml
4x 2013 Sterling Vineyards Muscat Canelli, Calistoga, Napa Valley 375ml
For more than 100 years, Beaulieu Vineyard has set the benchmark for rich, classic Napa Valley wines. We honor our exceptional fruit with meticulous winemaking processes that reveal the distinctive varietal personality of the grapes.
Modeled after a Greek monastery, Sterling Vineyards was the first winery ever built with the visitor in mind and the only winery in the world with an aerial tram. Today, Sterling is one of the most visited wineries in Napa Valley and one of the largest landowners in Napa, which provides immense opportunity for crafting world-class wines.
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