La Sirena2005 Moscato Azul
A Muscat from the Queen of Cab? That’s right! La Sirena winemaker/owner Heidi Peterson Barrett, most famous as the original winemaker of Screaming Eagle, has for the third year in a row released a Muscat Canelli (265 cases) from Calistoga’s Solari Vineyard. Her brand, “La Sirena,” translates to “the mermaid” in Spanish and Italian. “I chose it because I was looking for something fun and magical (like wine) and because I love to scuba dive as well as make wine,” says Barrett. Striking packaging also summons the sea. The bottle is colbalt blue (azul) glass as is the synthetic closure.
Most Muscat is made into sweet, dessert wine in this country, or consumed the world over in sparkling Asti from Italy. Barrett’s Muscat is full-bodied and bone dry, consistent with Barrett’s signature style (her reds are notable for their silky, supple tannins as well), with perfume, floral, white peach, lychee, and pineapple notes, and is just the ticket for Asian or Thai cuisine. Other wines in the La Sirena line include a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah as well as a Santa Barbara Syrah. As autumn quickly approaches, why not enjoy one last delicious kiss of summer.
Reviewed September 12, 2006 by Catherine Fallis.
Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.