In general, sweet wines are not my thing. Matt loves them, but I can take them or leave them. I make at least one exception to that general rule every year with the Nelson Family Orange Muscat. All too often, Muscat can be an overly sweet mess, but not this one. I fell in love with this wine nearly 4 years ago and have enjoyed it ever since. Even though it is sweet, it has great acidity to back that up and the tropical flavors make me swoon. We pulled the 2007 Nelson Family Orange Muscat out of the basement to enjoy by the fire the other night. It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, and cost me $16.80 in a club shipment.
On the nose I found pineapple, apricot, tropical fruit, jasmine, flowers, and exotic spice. In the mouth I got pineapple candy, apricot, honey, and honeysuckle. This wine has acidity to spare and the flavors are enough to make a Muscat believer out of me. It sells out very quickly every year, and I believe the 2007 is already gone…but the 2008 should be right around the corner. You know I like something when my notes are peppered with the word “lovely” no less than 5 times!