$20, 4 stars, 89 points, finger lakes, muscat ottonel, New York
Next up in my series on Finger Lakes wines is another aromatic varietal- Muscat Ottonel. This one is a deep lemon color in the glass and rings in at 11.5% ABV. The nose has pretty florals, lychee, sea salt and lemon/lime spritz. On the palate it is off-dry with a hint of sweetness and plenty of body. The tropical fruit coats my mouth and the aromatics are powerful. This wine is weighty with medium (-) acidity and a long finish. It is delicious and unique. I decided to pair it with English Bangers and Mash with onion gravy. I do believe it will work well- as would a Cobb salad, perhaps Lobster Thermidor or even roasted Cornish Hens. It reminds me of last night’s Gewürztraminer but with less acidity, less minerality but more body and fruit. 89 points for this $20 wine makes it a 4 star effort. Drink now. Salut….