Discovering More Wine Club Benefits

One major benefit of wine clubs that I rarely think about is that you often get new vintages of the same wine, and can compare them! I currently have a vertical of Michael Schlumberger Cabernet Sauvignon from 1998 through 2004…wondering how long I’ll save them until I hold a big party to taste through.  But in any case, the wine this evening also benefits from my club subscription as I’ve already written about the 2005, just drank the 2006, and the 2007 just arrived the other day.  Today we’re talking about the Nelson Family Vineyards 2006 Orange Muscat.  It had a plastic cork closure, clocked in at 14.8% alcohol by volume, and cost me $16.80 in a club shipment.

I’ve loved this wine from my first taste of it in the Nelson Family Vineyards tasting room in 2006.  Then, it was the 2005 and it convinced me to join the Nelson Wine Club.  On the nose of the 2006 I found pineapple, honey, spice, lychee, orange, lemon zest, and ginger.  I loved the spicy quality that this wine has.  In the mouth I got citrus, tropical fruit, pineapple candy, ginger, and mandarin orange.  The wine is on the sweet side, but it has nice acidty to carry it through.