Latah Creek Muscat Canelli 2015

Latah Creek Muscat Canelli 2015
Latah Creek Muscat Canelli 2015

BACKGROUND

Muscat Canelli has always been Mike’s favorite grape varietal. So, when he opened Latah Creek’s doors in 1982, he made sure he made a Muscat Canelli. A former wine writer from the Seattle area, Tom Stockly, had a line-up of Latah Creek wines while enjoying clam fettuccine. Of all the wines, he chose the Muscat Canelli as the best pairing with his food. A surprising choice, but still one of the best pairings today.

 

WINEMAKING

The 2015 vintage was the earliest harvest and shortest harvest ever for Mike and Natalie. The Muscat Canelli was the first grapes harvested, which was 3-4 weeks ahead of “normal”. Mike and Natalie were surprised with the intensity of fruit in the grapes, expecting less because of the quick ripening. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cooler temperatures, to retain its forward fruit characteristics. A higher acid level was left in the wine to keep it from cloying, and to keep it fresh and crisp.

TASTING NOTES

Sweet floral aromas and pineapple entice your nose and remain in your mouth while nuances of honeysuckle blossoms and lychee fruit linger long after the wine is gone. Slightly sweet, but fresh on your palate.

FOOD PAIRING

Enjoy this wine with cheese, light desserts, garlic pasta dishes, and Thai, such as Ellena’s Mussel’s with a Sweet Chili Twist recipe published in her latest cookbook.

 

 

Download Wine Notes
Vintage2015
VarietalMuscat Canelli
Varietal Composition100% Muscat Canelli
AppellationRattlesnake Hills
VineyardHyatt Vineyards
Harvest Date08/30/2015
Sugar24.8
Acid.75
PH3.88
Residual Sugar4.0%
Alcohol10.50%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/01/2016
Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards 2016
87 & Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast

Mike Conway and Natalie Conway-Barnes

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