Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2011 Muscat, Washington, $11

By on March 3, 2013

Latah Creek 2011 MuscatBest Buy! This marks the 25th vintage of Spokane vintner Mike Conway producing a Muscat, but it wasn’t easy as winter kill winnowed his sources. And yet, he and daughter Natalie pulled it off by getting Morio Muskat (55%) from Newhouse Vineyard, Muscat Canelli (25%) from Coventry Vale and both Orange Muscat (10%) and Muscadelle de Bordelaise from Lonesome Spring. There huge lychee aromas, joined by dragonfruit, Juicy Fruit gum and elderflower. The tropical note follows through to the palate with bubbly acidity up front to balance the residual sugar (4%) and ripe apricot. Orange peel bitterness and rosewater flash in the finish. Pair with Thai food or garlic-influenced pasta and clams.

Rating: Outstanding

Production: 634 cases

Alcohol: 10.5%

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