Treos Wine 2014 Dry Muscat, Willamette Valley, $25

By on January 5, 2016

treos-dry-muscat-2014-bottleOregon winemaker Dave Jepson solidifies his reputation with Muscat, meriting our top rating in successive warm vintages for his dry expression. He sends Muscat Ottonel (65%) and Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains — cropped at 1.5 tons per acre — through a fermentation process using yeast from Alsace to accent the floral and fruitiness, which shows. It offers a gorgeous nose of rosewater, alyssum, Ambrosia Salad, ripe Bartlett pear and apple. Those come through on the palate in a remarkably fruity yet dry structure (0.7% residual sugar), allowing for a bit of varietal oilyness on the midpalate and an elegant finish. Jepson and his crew at the Monmouth project suggest serving it with non-oily seafood — crab cakes, grilled shrimp and seared scallops.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 125 cases

Alcohol: 12.9%

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