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Muscat – A Lot of Options for Texas

October 11, 2017

Carl’s Corner at 4.0 Cellars

4.0 Cellars
Fredericksburg, Texas

Located just outside of Fredericksburg, Texas, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, 4.0 Cellars offers a relaxing and elegant setting for discovering and enjoying Texas wines. As part of the Wine Road 290 Trail, now the second most traveled wine road in the U.S., we pride ourselves on providing wine enthusiasts and beginners alike with the ultimate “Texas Wine Experience.”

Varieties of Muscat represent some of the oldest and most widely planted grapes in the world.  It is estimated that over 200 different grapes claim the name, or at least a heritage related to the primary members of the Muscat family.  Only a few of these grapes are widely used for wine production in the world’s major wine regions, primarily Muscat blanc à Petits Grains, Muscat of Alexandria, Muscat Fleur d’Oranger, Moscato Giallo, Muscato di Scanzo, Muscat of Hamburg and Muscat Ottonel.

Before describing each of these variations, it should be noted that Muscat blanc à Petits Grains, Muscat of Alexandria, and Muscat Fleur d’Oranger all flourish in hot, arid climates, and have thus found a favorable home in the state of Texas.  Most of the wines made from or using Muscats in blends are derived from these three varieties.

Muscat grapes and wines made from them are considered to be very aromatic.  This is primarily due to the characteristic floral, grapey aromas that derive from a relatively high concentration of monoterpene compounds.  These monoterpenes include citronellol (citrusy), geraniol (geranium), linalool (floral, spicy) and nerol (lemongrass, rose).  Most tasters can readily recognize these “musky” aromas and, as a result, will characteristically assume that the wines are sweet even before tasting.  However, fortified and aged Muscat wines, especially those that have been aged in oak barrels, tend to be very dark in color due to oxidation with aroma notes of coffee, fruit cake, raisins and toffee.

 

More at the link. http://www.fourpointwine.com/blog/Muscat—A-Lot-of-Options-for-Texas

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