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2011 Kuleto Estate Moscato

2011 Kuleto Estate Moscato

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Old world in style, pale yellow in color, loaded with exotic floral, passionfruit and papaya aromas.

Tasting Notes
The finished wine is a very pale yellow in color and is so evocative of the Muscat fruit. Though picked at relatively low sugar, it is loaded with exotic floral and passionfruit aromas. As it opens up, the aroma of papaya becomes apparent. The mouth is very old world in style. It enters full of flavor, is backed up by a mineral-like acidity, then it finishes incredibly clean and dry.
Winemaker Notes
We choose to focus on the blossom and sweet herbal components of the Muscat grape rather than that of cloying perfume. We also want to give it a bit of a grip in the mouth.
Food Pairing Notes
Our dry Moscato is made with several pleasurable things in mind, one of them being eating oysters on the half-shell.
Other Notes
100% Muscat Blanc
Wine Specs
Moscato / Muscat
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Kuleto Estate
Harvest Date
September 28 and November 2, 2011
Bottling Date
May 23, 2012
Alcohol %
Production Notes
We pick at a fairly low sugar and crush the fruit back onto the stems to soak for several hours before pressing. (Muscat is a very pulpy grape, and the stems provide channels for the juice to migrate through inside the press cake). Once the juice settles clear, we rack it to another tank to ferment very cold to near dryness (this maximizes the fermentation aromas), then transfer it to old 500L barrels to finish fermenting and age on the yeast (which builds in some richness). In 2011, we also fermented ~20% of the wine entirely on the skins to extract as much flavor as possible. This small portion finished its fermentation in an old barrel and remained there until blending with the larger barrels.
Vineyard Notes
In 1992, vintner and restaurateur Pat Kuleto founded Kuleto Estate in a remote mountain setting overlooking Lake Hennessey, Pritchard Hill and the towns of Rutherford and St. Helena. The 761-acre ranch features 90 acres of vineyards divided into over 100 micro-blocks based upon soil, exposure, elevation and topography. The wines from Kuleto Estate are always deep, intense and luscious.
118 cases
Release Date: Summer 2012