First saw wine made at age 7, became a Master Gardner and now my favorite plant is Vitis vinifera. Published wine reviewer, teach wine appreciation at the local school district. And at my old age completed some WSET levels just because I love all things wine. I pour wine for various distributors, have worked with chefs pairing wine and food at corporate events and do private home parties too. Between events, I meet with winemakers in various states and countries.
·First Impressions are a new addition to Wine Mizer. They are short reviews based on an initial impression.
No maps. No lengthy reviews. No technical specifications or information on how
the grapes are vinified. I hope you find
“First Impressions” interesting in their simplicity.
A rainbow of
wine: Red, White, Rose, and, and …… and ORANGE?
Yes, orange! Quady Winery in
Madera California makes “Essensia” from Orange Muscat grapes. Quady makes only
dessert wines and “Essencia” is certainly that. Wine Enthusiast recommends
serving it with cheesecake. “Drink it with cheesecake and go to heaven” they
said. Then they gave it 93 points. I
agree: flavors of apricot, honey and golden raisin, but for me – a strong taste
of orange. While it is definitely sweet, it’s not cloying and the wine finishes
cleanly with an excellent balance of acid to fruit. This would be an excellent wine to include at
holiday dinner gatherings. (And I will try it with cheese cake).
I found it delicious with a dessert plate of
cheeses and Sumo Mandarin Orange segments.
to be on to something with their decision to specialize in dessert wines because
they have done it so well. While many “new world” dessert wines are syrupy and
cloying and better served atop pancakes, Essensia is a sweet wine but with
flavors well integrated. Grapes are obviously
respected and allowed to announce their natural character without excess
to Essensia, Quady offers “Elysium” from Black Muscat grapes and “Electra” from
Orange Muscat. “Electra” is different from “Essensia” in that it is blended
(25%) with Canelli and is made frizzante
(a little “bubbly”) as a Moscato d’ Asti).
The vintage I
have is a 2010 and is drinkable through 2025 with proper storage. Average
retail price is $26, at the winery $22.
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