The summer of 2018 was one of the hottest years on record throughout the eastern side of Washington. We experienced several weeks of 95-degree and higher temperatures; at long last, a cooling trend arrived in August. The stretch of hot weather allowed an extended hang-time, resulting in appealing, complex flavor. This vintage turned out to be truly remarkable, producing lots with bright, fresh notes and seemingly innate balance. The Orange Muscat was the last wine to be harvested for the vintage in the middle of October.
Orange Muscat gets its name from the strong orange aromas that are produced in the wine. They are even prominent in the vineyards, while walking through the Crawford Vineyard you can always tell which vines are Orange Muscat from not only the aroma but the grape cluster. Some of the largest berries come off of these clusters.
Orange Muscat is one of the few grape varieties that produces wine that actually taste like the grape itself. Pressing these berries also has there challenges because they are so large they take up more space in the press.
COLOR: Golden orange
NOSE: Pinapple, orange zest, and jasmine
MOUTH: Lively and acidic with notes of marmalade and green apple
PAIRING: Perfect to sip on its own or enjoy with creme brulée, peach cobbler or sharp cheeses.