Muscat is a fascinating grape, with numerous varieties of varying colors from white to near black planted throughout the world. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Muscat among our extensive Muscat wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Muscat reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Muscat, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.
A deep mahogany in color, the Merchant Prince Rare Muscat boasts dense date, fudge and molasses components balanced by rancio, citrusy accents and even some floral notes. Despite being incredibly sweet and sticky, there’s a freshness to it that keeps it from being overwhelming.
Incredibly concentrated and intense, this dark coffee-colored wine coats the glass and the palate with waves of luxuriously sweet, raisiny flavors. Layers of complexity follow in the form of rancio, dried fig and molasses, with a citrusy edge providing life and freshness to the nearly endless finish.
Floral, musky and spicy, this is almost a little Gewürztraminer-like on the nose. The flavors of dried pineapple are incredibly intense, giving a bright, piercing edge of acidity to the sweet finish. At almost 300 g/l residual sugar this is really sweet, but the acids are super-high as well (18.5 g/l TA), making for a balanced wine—albeit one with the volume…
The winery’s philosophy is, if you’re going to make a dessert wine, why not make it fabulously sweet instead of boringly off-dry? With 17.5% residual sugar, this indeed hits the limit of the sweetness scale. Yet it’s superbly balanced with acidity, giving a refreshing balance to the intense apricot jam, lemon drop, candied ginger, pineapple crème brûlée and vanilla…
Sicilians are notorious for an insatiable sweet tooth and a talent for making dessert wines: Hands down, the best of the best is Ben Ryé. The aromatic layers are infinite: maple syrup, orange zest, almond paste, dried banana and crème caramel. This amber-colored dessert wine is dessert on its own. Imported by William Grant & Sons, Inc.
This dessert wine has pushed itself to the front of the line of California sweeties, and the ’04 is a great bottling. It’s enormously sweet in late-harvest character, with apricot liqueur, pineapple tart and vanilla cream flavors that are brightened and boosted with cleansing acidity. So addictively delicious you just can’t help yourself.
Thick, opulent and sophisticated, this amber-colored dessert wine made from sun-dried Zibibbo grapes is probably the best single export from Pantelleria, a volcanic island between Sicily and Africa. Delicate aromas of almond, apricot jam, honey, raisin and maple syrup are vibrant and absolutely irresistible. It’s impossible not to love this wine.
The folks at Donnafugata, one of Sicily’s most dynamic wineries, have inaugurated a new winery on the volcanic island of Pantelleria fully dedicated to the production of their precious Ben Ryé passito. The amber-colored wine is vibrant, brilliant and its purity of aromas is outstanding. Dried figs, apricot, honey, almond and fragrant herbs are delivered in thick…