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.
Not a Cellar Selection in the traditional sense of requiring additional aging, this venerable wine (it contains some material over 100 years old) is ready to drink now, but should hold in the bottle indefinitely. It’s dark coffee-brown, with delectable aromas of rancio, pressed flowers, molasses and honey, yet despite enormous concentration avoids excessive weight…
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.
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…
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…
With 21% residual sugar, this is an enormously sweet wine, one of the most honeyed of the vintage. A little sugar goes a long way, of course, but this wine also charms with rich, powerful apricot, peach and vanilla custard flavors, perfectly balanced with crisp acidity. With consistently high scores over the years, Tears of Dew has taken a place in the front ranks…
Ben Ryé is one of the 10 best dessert wines made in Italy. From the sun-drenched island of Pantelleria, this is made using Zibibbo grapes that are air-dried. It’s thickly extracted and syrupy sweet, with intense aromas of apricot, honey and marzipan. The kick of fresh acidity at the end is nothing short of brilliant.
Ben Ryé can claim to be both a cult wine and a commercial wine, and that’s a very difficult goal to achieve. Sweet, syrupy and crisp at the same time, this Sicilian dessert wine opens with a luminous amber color and intense aromas of prune, dried apricot, honey, caramel and custard cream. It’s seriously delicious.