Monday, January 17, 2011

Mesta Macabeo-Moscatel 2009

Mesta Macabeo-Moscatel 2009
Origin: Uclés, Spain
Blend: Macabeo (50%), Moscatel (50%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: December 2010
Purchase Price: $6.99

Our review: Greenish gold in color, this wine has aromas of peaches, maybe a little orange, with slight herbal and floral notes. The flavors on the palate are similar though a bit thin, ever so slightly on the sweet side though a moderating acidity quickly develops. The finish is a bit tart, but otherwise unremarkable.

Our rating: This is a very interesting wine, and with a complex, ever evolving flavor profile. We served our bottle with a chicken dish, but we can easily see it pairing well with a wide variety of dishes, from seafood to pork. The most significant drawback to it is that it is a little thin and watery, a characteristic that prevents it from scoring any higher than Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "A crisp, versatile white. Intensely aromatic and fresh, it makes a great aperitif or accompaniment to poultry and fish."

Winery website: Bodegas Fontana.

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