Columbia Crest 2011 Grand Estates Moscato, Columbia Valley, $12

By on June 25, 2013

CC_GE_Moscato 2Best Buy! Three varieties of the Muscat grape — Muscat Canelli (48%), the ancient Muscat of Alexandria (15%) and Black Muscat (14%) — along with the Pinot Blanc-Silvaner cross of Morio-Muskat (13%) and Gewürztraminer (10%), make for fun and tasty study. It will tickle your nose with passionfruit, tangerine, lemongrass and grapefruit. The approach to the palate is akin to a mimosa with flavors of fruit cocktail including Mandarin orange. While there’s 4% residual sugar, a good flow of acidity keeps it bright and far from cloying. Enjoy it with fruit salad and mild cheeses.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 14,000 cases

Alcohol: 10%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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