It might have had me fooled. If I had blind-tasted the 2009 Bonny Doon Ca’ Del Solo Muscat I might have guessed that it was actually an Argentine Torrontés. It bears some of the hallmarks I associate with Torrontés – floral notes, orange blossom, honeysuckle. The association should not be surprising given that the Muscat grape is one of the parents of the Torrontés (the other is the Mission grape). Like Torrontés, Muscat has sub-varieties and Bonny Doon’s wine is made from moscato giallo grapes, the origin of which can be traced to Alto Adige.
In the glass, it was very pale yellow, almost watery, but the aroma and palate were anything but. As you would expect from Muscat, this is a highly aromatic wine, with loads of those Torrontés-like aromas that I noted above, and tropical fruits, primarily pineapple. A light petrol note develops after a time in the glass. Citrus and golden apple combine with the tropical fruits on the palate. Light-bodied with zippy acidity.
A pretty little wine, as Glenn would say, and Certified Biodynamic to boot!
At Central Bottle for $19.