Muscat Canelli

The Muscat Canelli Wine Guide explains how Muscat is not a varietal itself but more of a collective family of approximately 200 varietals, the most recognizable clones being Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Muscat Ottonel and Muscat of Alexandria. It¹s only in the United States that Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains is referred to as Muscat Canelli. It's a varietal that can make fresh and exotic wines, eliciting aromas of peach, rose petal and sweet citrus. When Muscat Canelli undergoes oak treatment, the finished wines lend a darker hue with notes of coffee, caramel, honey and raisins. Be sure to check out our Muscat Canelli Wine Ratings for a full list of top rated and best buy selections.

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94
points

Novella 2003 Muscat Canelli (Paso Robles)

  • Best Buy
  1. $10
Paso Robles is making a play for the most congenial home in California to sweet Muscat, under any name, and this wine shows why. It’s crisp and acidic, sweet but not cloying, and offers wonderful flavors of mangoes, papayas and honey-sweetened peach pie. Addictively good, and the alcohol is only 11.5%.  — S.H.  (11/1/2005)
93
points

EOS 2003 Tears of Dew Late Harvest Moscato Muscat Canelli (Paso Robles)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $20
It’s time to admit this wine into the elite of California dessert sippers. It’s always dependably rewarding in apricot, wild honey and vanilla flavors, unctuously sweet, and well-balanced in acids. This year’s offering is true to form.  — S.H.  (11/1/2005)
93
points

Williams Selyem 2000 Windsor Oaks Vineyard Late Harvest Muscat Canelli (Russian River Valley)

  1. $32
A zippy blend of bright lemon and herb flavors that presage a powerful mix of Mandarin orange, grapefruit, peach, melon, spice, clove, apricot and honeyed notes. Ultralong on the finish  — J.M.  (7/1/2003)
92
points

Robert Pecota 2002 Moscato d'Andrea Muscat Canelli (Napa Valley)

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  1. $12
Delicious and refreshing, a dessert wine to have at the end of a great meal to revive the tastebuds. Zesty acidity frames mouthwateringly ripe tangerine, apricot honey, nectarine, vanilla and spice flavors.  — S.H.  (11/15/2006)
92
points

Viento 1999 Nocturne Muscat Canelli (Columbia Valley (WA))

  1. $25
Made to emulate a decadent Rutherglen Muscat, this sensationally long, buttery, well-aged dessert wine unfolds gracefully with layers of nuts, caramel, candied orange peel and ginger. At almost 20% alcohol and 16% residual sugar, a little goes a long way.  — P.G.  (6/1/2005)
91
points

Stephen & Walker 2009 Patrona Muscat Canelli (Alexander Valley)

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  1. $38
This dessert wine is very sweet but not incredibly so, with a flavor like apricot and tangerine jam, drizzled with honey and vanilla extract and sprinkled with cinnamon. If that sounds delicious, it is, and the acidity makes it clean and zesty. The price isn’t bad, considering that this is a full bottle, not a half bottle as so many dessert wines are.  — S.H.  (5/1/2011)
91
points

Merryvale NV Antigua Muscat Canelli (California)

  1. $30
Oaky, butterscotch scents pour forth from this orange-colored wine. Flavors center around nutty, orangey nuances, with the wood notes reassserting themselves on the finish. The 18% alcohol is barely noticeable in this intense and unique dessert wine that bears a resemblance to some sherries and tawnies.  — J.C.  (12/31/1999)
90
points

Echo Ridge 2012 Muscat Canelli (Columbia Valley (OR))

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  1. $18
A blend of Muscat Canelli and Orange Muscat, this off-dry, stainless-steel fermented wine offers a panoply of scents and flavors. Ripe melon, apricot, candied citrus and the telltale orange zest of Muscat are all here in abundance. The residual sugar is 23 g/L but nicely set against refreshing acidity.  — P.G.  (10/1/2013)
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