2016 Che Bello Orange Muscat, Nelson Ranch, Mendocino County
Believed to have roots extending as far back as early Egyptian civilization, the muscat grape has a rich history. Orange Muscat is known for its distinctive orange and orange blossom aromas.
A lovely mix of honeysuckle and fresh tangerine peel perfumes the nose. The bright, dry palate offers honeydew melon and peach flavors with a creamy, smooth finish that ends with a pop of lively acidity.
Lovely and light, this attractive wine is an excellent accompaniment to a wide variety of cuisines and cheeses. This wine would complement classic brunch dishes such as quiche, eggs Benedict with fresh crab, and fluffy Belgian waffles with maple syrup or fresh strawberries.
Blend: 97% Orange Muscat; 3% Riesling
Appellation: Mendocino County, Nelson Ranch
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Harvested: September 2016
Bottle Date: January 2017
Production: 196 Cases
2016 Riesling, Nelson Ranch Vineyard, Mendocino County
Originating in the Rhine region of Germany, Riesling is known for its flowery aromas and highly expressive flavors. Our 2016 Nelson Ranch Riesling boosts both beautiful aromatics and a graceful mouthfeel.
A lovely mix of honeysuckle and juicy ripe peach perfumes the nose. The off dry palate offers nectarine and peach flavors with a creamy, smooth finish. This elegant wine also shows hints of citrus blossoms.
Tandoori chicken or coconut curry dishes are perfect for this off-dry daytime white. This wine would also complement grilled ham and Gruyere cheese or roasted squash soup with maple-glazed bananas.
Meadowcroft Wines are vineyard specific and limited in production, expressing both European wine heritage and California creativity.
All Meadowcroft Wines are signature reserve wines that are vineyard designated, using premium fruit from sustainable and responsible vineyards, including our own, from throughout Northern California. The Meadowcroft family name means “the fertile field on the meadow…with a garden that has been carefully nurtured over time.” The hallmark “honeybee” on the label symbolizes the hard work, the journey of mastering a discipline, and the process of transforming grapes from single vineyards into outstanding and award-winning wines.
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We got to try the 2016 Meadowcroft Che Bello Orange Muscat on Thanksgiving day, which was very convenient timing. It went really great with cheese that guests were nibbling before dinner.
It’s a very light yellow in color and it smells like honey. One guest said it has a very fruity nose — which totally sounds like a thing some people say about some wines.
“Citrusy” (which I doublechecked is actually a word) is how two different people described the flavor. But then we also wrote down “pear” and “melon” to describe the taste. So… either we fail at citrus recognition or it is all of those things.
It’s silky in the mouth, and at the end of a sip there is a very faint fizz sensation. The vineyard says it has a “smooth finish that ends with a pop of lively acidity” and that sounds just right! And, it is reassuring because I wouldn’t otherwise throw around the word “acid” for fear of turning you off what was a great wine for day drinking. All our Thanksgiving guests said it was great. Cheers!
Hi there, checking in after have some Che Bello Orange Muscat with Turkey day 2.0! the light spritz and hint of fruitiness was a perfect match with our food and our clan of friends tonight. Che Bello means “How Wonderful” in Italian, and this was part of the inspiration in making this wine. The aromatics deliver a panorama of exotic fruit and spices and the taste has just enough acidity to carry round fruit notes.
Last night it wa the Riesling that was the star with our winter squash soup and stuffing. Bright flavors and aromatics of Pear, Lychee fruit, and stone fruit. This wine is crisp yet has a slightly fruity finish and clean acidity.
I can see this at many winter holiday gatherings to come.
Are those dry wines? I see that the Muscat is referred as dry and the Riesling as off dry. At my palate these can very well mean on the sweet side. I’m accustomed to German and North Italian Rieslings, which are quite dry. Anybody can speak of the dryness of these please? Thanks!
Too many whites sitting around but these sound very interesting . . . On another note, have really enjoyed the Meadowcroft Pinot Noirs from the prior offering. In fact, had the Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir with Thanksgiving turkey on Thursday. Nice pairing!
We didn’t get to try the past Meadowcroft offer, so in my post-Black Friday/pre-Cyber Monday zeal, we’re in! Looking forward to these to lighten up the dark days of the upcoming soltice!