Grapes: Chardonnay and Muscat Ottonel
Geography: New York, United States
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Alcohol by volume: 12.5%
Features: Sustainable, Vegan
This is an enchanting, exotically-fruited, exuberant white wine! Our 2016 Cuvee Tropical is alive with white peaches, yellow nectarines, golden apples, white flowers, pineapple, melon and that undeniable saline minerality that runs through so many of our wines.
This light golden colored white wine is dry, medium-bodied with moderate alcohol and possesses a juicy acid balance. The wine is comprised of 75% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Grigio, 6% Muscat Ottonel and 9% Tocai Friulano. The Chardonnay is the special musque clone from the Mudd Vineyard and was fermented wild/ambiently in older oak hogsheads and older French oak barrels and stainless-steel barrels. The Muscat comes from the Mudd West Vineyard and was fermented on its skins wild, for 15 days, like a red wine and blended into the final wine. The Pinot Grigio and Tocai are from the Mudd West Vineyard on the North Fork as well. This is a delightful, gregariously aromatic, satisfying, jewel-like white wine.
The 2016 Cuvee Tropical is delicious on its own or as a match with mildly spicy foods and Pacific Rim flavors. The Cuvee is also at home with shellfish (raw or cooked), white-fleshed fish and fresh cheeses. Our Cuvee Tropical is always comfortable with a variety of world cuisines from Japanese to Indian to Mexican to Caribbean to Spanish and back to American, so we encourage experimentation. We made 426 cases of this wine and it was bottled on September 20th, 2017.
A final note...please do not drink this wine too cold - instead consume after just a few minutes in the fridge as to encourage its jovial, playful, perfumed personality. Cheers!