Mount St. Helens Cellars NV You Bet Your Sweet Ash Orange Muscat, Yakima Valley, $15

By on April 3, 2016

mount-st-helens-cellars-you-bet-your-sweet-ash-orange-muscat-nv-labelBest Buy! Western Washington winemaker Gary Dunbar doesn’t shy away from embracing the historic fallout from the eruptions of Mount St. Helens. He makes Bear Ash Red, Kick Ash Red and his inaugural off-dry Orange Muscat. The nose screams of orange saltwater taffy, apricot, cotton candy, baked apple and pear. On the palate, it’s like a spoonful of apricot preserves with orange and rosewater. There’s some viscosity to the mouth feel, and it’s quite sweet at 6% residual sugar, but the sense of apricot pit and skin in the finish creates some balance and makes it a rather yummy pour at his Castle Rock tasting room.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 11.5%

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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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