Clear, medium gold in the glass. Clean, medium intensity pineapple nose with grass and sage. Dry, high acidity, light body. Mineral and citrus, shortish length. Not much to recommend this one. 13.5% alcohol. See Hillside Estate Winery (warning: Flash site).
Appearance is clear, pale, and gold-green. Clean, medium intensity nose of lemon-spice, floral/perfumed notes, and a bit of petrol. Dry with a hint of residual sugar; high acidity, medium body, and again floral-mineral on the palate, a nice balance and nice medium-plus finish. 13% alcohol. Overall good; recommended. $21.90 at Marquis Wine Cellars. See Meyer Family Vineyards.
I don’t think I’ve tasted more than one or two other Muscats, but this was the first Joie wine I ever tried—about five years ago, at Vij’s.
This one is clear and almost water-pale. Medium intensity grapefruit, sage (as in sagebrush), cut grass, and petrol on the nose. Dry, highly acidic, and light bodied, the palate is strong of lemon and lime with a hint of green pepper and a bit of residual sugar. Medium length and 11.4% alcohol. I think this is quite distinct from previous vintages. Overall good; recommended. $27.60 at Crosstown.
See Joie Farm—but a warning: this is not only a Flash site, but asks to install the latest version. And after doing so, it doesn’t work in Safari. Joie, hire an HTML5 guru.
Clear, pale gold appearance. Clean, medium intensity honey-floral-lemon nose. Off-dry, high acidity and light-plus bodied, the palate is dominated by citrus and ripe pear with mineral and licorice notes. Medium length; very sharp 14.6% alcohol, a bump up from their 2009, which I think I preferred. But this is straightforward and enjoyable. $22.90 at Crosstown (will they ever build an actual site?). See Dirty Laundry.
Clear, very pale gold with a touch of green. Nose is medium intensity citrus—grapefruit and lemon—along with ripe apple/pear and a subtle grassy quality. Off dry, high acidity, and medium bodied, the palate is dominated by apricot, again with ripe apple and just a bit of citrus which comes through in the finish along with a hint of petrol. Medium length. 12.2% alcohol. This is a good BC Riesling; recommended. $21.70 at Crosstown. See Dirty Laundry.