I recently tasted this wine at a big portfolio tasting (Prestige Wine Cellars — thanks, Mo!) and had to kind of laugh. It’s such a ringer at one of these things… You taste and spit glass after glass of Malbec, Cabernet, etc. and then you get to something this nectary and soothing and sweet — and of course you love it! I think this same pattern has a lot to do with how much Antigua Merryvale sells out of its tasting room in St. Helena. (Not that I’m knocking Antigua…)
So I tasted Essensia again just the other day, with a much fresher palate, and still thought it was a knock-out dessert wine — at a really great price, I might add. A glass of this and a crisp biscotti are a perfect choice when you don’t want a big, heavy dessert. (And yes, you should definitely dunk.)
Quady 2007 Essensia Orange Muscat California ($14, 375ml). Sweet, intense tangerine marmalade aromas and flavors are laced with caramel, brown butter and fig, wrapping up in a long, silky, mouthwatering finish. Delish! Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.