2016 History Upland Vineyard Muscat
This wine is not crafted to be unique – it is unique. Planted in 1917 by William Bridgman, this wine is comprised of the Alexandrine Muscat clone, which is considered an “ancient vine” as it’s believed to be one of the oldest genetically unmodified vines still in existence. Bridgman is known as the godfather of the Washington Wine Industry because he started planting a variety of Vitis Vinifera in 1917, forecasting demand for wine as prohibition began to roll across the nation.
The 2016 History Muscat is beautiful and vibrant with youthful aromatics of lemon balm, lychee and orange blossom. The palate is lightly textured supporting flavors of mandarin orange and honeysuckle with a subtle minerality that traces the length of the palate. This wine is intriguing now with its layered complexity yet will still have more to reveal as it ages.
The 2016 growing season was moderately warm and dry, which allowed for long hang time, creating complex flavors in the resulting wines.