46. Hat Ranch Winery 2014 Estate Dry Moscato, Snake River Valley, $18
Air Force veterans Tim and Dr. Helen Harless moved from Texas to Idaho’s Sunnyslope Wine District in 2011 and a couple years later began putting down vineyard roots. This fascinating work with Muscat Ottonel is their first estate wine and shows dexterous winemaking skill by preserving the beautiful tropical notes while presenting it bone dry. Gorgeous rosewater, lychee and Texas pink grapefruit aromas and flavors linger from start to its lemony finish. There’s a huge amount of acidity and the structure shows elegance without any bitterness. It’s a stunning and serious example of Muscat. It also was named best of show at the 2015 Idaho Wine Competition.
Production: 126 cases