My experiences with Muscat from San Diego County have been underwhelming to say the least. Overly sweet and poorly made are the most common thoughts that come to mind. When I heard the buzz about what Los Pilares had masterfully created with their Sparkling Muscat, I had to find a bottle.
Los Pilares 2013 LaDona’s Sparkling Muscat is a Petillant Naturel (bottled during primary fermentation, capturing the naturally released carbon dioxide, without the addition of outside sugars). The wine is naturally made with native yeast fermentation and no added SO2.
LaDona’s Sparkling Muscat is mesmerizing in the glass…cloudy and almost reminiscent of grapefruit juice in color. The nose is very floral with hints of ginger and stone fruit. There is an explosion of flavor when the wine hits your tongue. Notes of citrus, passion fruit, and wild flowers are followed by a bitter, dry grapefruit-filled finish. A fantastic Pet Nat and a wonderful example of the potential of San Diego County wine!