2018 Kuleto Estate Moscato, Napa Estate
Our 2018 Moscato captures the essence of the grape spectacularly! There’s a reason bees love to hang around when we crush this variety, because aromas of honeysuckle and lemon flowers fill the air. Citrus flavors such as freshly peeled lemon rind meld together with the bright acidity making this a perfect wine to enjoy on a hot summer day. The mouth is simultaneously fresh and pungent and finishes clean and bright. This is a wine whose flavors linger long beyond the texture.
The 2018 growing season was one of the mildest and smoothest in recent memory. Mild spring weather led to good fruit set in most varietals and moderate weather throughout the year made for ideal growing conditions. There were no major heat spikes, which gave us longer hang-time and great ripening on the vine. While a fairly long harvest, the 2018 crop delivered fruit with complex flavors and was of excellent quality.
Food Pairing Notes
Our dry Moscato is made with several pleasurable things in mind, one of them being eating oysters on the half-shell.
100% Estate Moscato
Moscato / Muscat
18 months in 0ld French 500L puncheons
100% Skin and stem contact prior to pressing
For our Moscato, we choose to focus on the blossom and sweet herbal components of the Muscat grape rather than that of cloying perfume. We also want to give it a bit of a grip in the mouth. We achieve this by picking at a fairly low sugar and crushing the fruit back onto the stems to soak for several hours before pressing. (Muscat is a very pulpy grape, and the stems provide channels for the juice to migrate through inside the press cake). After a gentle pressing, we settle it cold overnight and rack it to old 500L barrels to ferment.
142 Cases Produced