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.
Butterscotch, honeyed almonds and candied ginger-orange peel lead the way on the nose of this late harvest Muscat. Rich, overripe mango and honeydew add levity to the palate, lifting the heady spice and viscous, syrupy flavors. The long finish carries a tinge of pithiness, adding some tongue-smacking texture to the close. Has aging potential, though it’s certainly…
The pair to this wine is Nummer 3 in the Kracher 2008 series. This smoother version has touches of toast to go with the intense ginger cake and spice as well as considerable acidity. A rounded, pure nectar of a wine.
Bill Easton doesn’t make this dessert wine every year, so when he does, especially of this caliber, it’s a good time to pick up some of this deliciously balanced dessert delight. It’s a very nuanced rendering of crisp, clean peach, pear and honey flavors that would go well with fruit desserts or anything involving almond paste.
Oozing richness and opulence, the bouquet delivers a steady stream of honey, flower and apricot aromas. On the palate, this is silky and creamy, save for a tingling touch of acidity that keeps the palate refreshed.
Coffee-brown in color, with a hint of golden-yellow at the rim, Chambers Grand Muscadelle features intense aromas of caramelized walnuts and a pronounced rancio character, all tied together by molassesy sweetness. Viscous and wildly concentrated, it leaves a lasting impression on glassware and palate alike.
Muskat Ottonel seems to have an affinity for being made into unctuous late-harvest dessert wines that retain enough acidity to offset their enormous sweetness. This one has dried apricot, orange marmalade and ripe melon flavors all balanced by mouthwatering acids on the long finish.
Rich and viscous in the mouth, this is a sweet wine with some intriguing notes. Hints of thyme join orange marmalade scents on the nose, while the flavors bring in nuances of chocolate and herbs. Lasts a long time on the finish.
For a grape that is naturally honeyed and sweet, Kracher has come up with a surprise. This is more about freshness and delicious acidity than about sweetness, which is almost a background to this smooth, intense, delicious wine.