By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor

SylvanusThis field blend of 60% muscat ottonel, 30% pinot grigio and 10% pinot bianco shows the sweet-fruity and floral aromas you'd expect from so much muscat — apple blossoms, candied lemons and orange peel, and lemon verbena.

The palate is medium-bodied and juicy in its lemon-and-orange fruitiness, with some slightly bitter grapefruit pith and a melange of flowers. As it warms a bit, notes of persimmon and brown spice peek from beneath the citrus. The finish shows nice length but a bit more acid would bring focus and clean it up a bit.

Producer: Channing Daughters Winery
AVA: The Hamptons, Long Island
ABV: 12.5%  
Price: $24

(2.5 out of 5, Average-to-Very good/Recommended)

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