The giant “Musque” on the label of this wine may throw you at first, but the body will do you one worse. A 100% unoaked Chardonnay made entirely from the Musque Clone No. 809, this is an aromatic and perfumy wine loaded with muscat-like flavors (hence the name of the clone). Big orange, honey, wildflower, and some nutty notes pervade the nose. The body backs those characteristics up and is quite sweet, nothing like the buttery, applesaucy Chardonnays you’re likely accustomed to. This is a vibrant fruit bomb that is so unusual it will wholly challenge your expectations of what Chardonnay can be. That, of course, is both a good thing and a bad.
B / $16 / crewwines.com
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