2018 Late Harvest Muscat Ottonel - Dessert

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2018 Late Harvest Muscat Ottonel - Dessert
2018 Late Harvest Muscat Ottonel - Dessert


Tasting Notes:
Our first dessert style Muscat Ottonel from our estate vineyard. This wine usually goes to the Seven blend so this is your first opportunity to taste it as a stand-alone wine. We selected this clone as it is a little easier to cultivate in cooler climates than the other Muscat clones and produces a more delicate wine. Aromas of rose and fresh pear abound leading into flavors of orange marmalade and apricot with a lingering honey finish. Well balanced, this wine is dessert in a glass but will also compliment a variety of after dinner treats from crème brûlée to fresh fruit sorbet.

Winemaking Notes:
As it generally does not get cold enough here in the Willamette Valley to freeze grapes on the vine for ice wine, we make our Late Harvest Muscat Ottonel the modern way by sending the juice to a commercial freezer immediately after pressing. After freezing the juice, we bring the drums back and let them slowly thaw in the winery, draining off the nectar frequently. In 2018, this thawing took 4 days until we had juice concentrated about 50% and drums partially full of leftover frozen water. Fermentation went very slowly in two 55gal drums, taking almost two months to come into balance. Fermentation was stopped by the use of the crossflow filter and the wine was bottled in April 2019.

Harvest Notes:
The 2018 growing season started as one of the warmest and driest on record raising concerns that we might have a repeat of our last few hot years but thankfully there were no major heat spikes through the later part of the summer and peak grape ripening season.

Our winery and our estate vineyard, Dunn Forest, are LIVE certified sustainable and Salmon Safe. The vineyard is hand cultivated allowing us to respond to individual vine needs.


A printout of this and the technical data is available under the 'Wine Information' tab above, 'Download Wine Notes'.


Varietal CompositionMuscat Ottonel
AppellationWillamette Valley
VineyardDunn Forest
Harvest Date10/22/2018
Acid8.6 g/L
AgingStainless Steel
Residual Sugar16.1%
Wine StyleDessert
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date04/19/2019
Cases Produced60 (375ml)
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