Flare N/V

Region: Valencia D.O.

Grapes: 100% Moscatel [Muscat of Alexandria]
Color: Sparkling

This wine is produced from Valencia’s viticultural star, Moscatel. However, unlike more traditional, fortified styles, this wine’s residual sugar is not due to fortification but to arrested fermentation. Tank fermented until reaching 7.5% alcohol and then chilled and sterile filtered to remove the yeast. Carbonation is created through the Charmat method.

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Publication Score Comments
The Wine Advocate 86 The non-vintage Flare is Spain’s answer to Moscato d’Asti. Light-bodied, with only 7.5% alcohol, this moderately sweet bubbly is the ideal breakfast wine or guzzle it with gusto on a hot summer day. Consume it over the next 6-12 months.
Issue 169, February '07
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 87 Pale straw. Fresh pear, melon and lichee aromas are brightened by white flowers and nutmeg. Frothy and deep in sweet tropical fruit flavors but nicely energized by mineral and spice qualities that carry into the finish. A touch short but plenty fresh and vibrant. Serve this with fresh fruit as a mid-course or simple dessert.
Issue 133, July/Aug '07
San Francisco Chronicle NA A relatively dry effort from near the eastern Spanish coast that should lend itself to savory fare. The sweet notes are quiet; it's more steely, with orange blossom and cassia flavors. A floral quality lingers throughout. Put it with eggs and chorizo.
The Chronicle Recommends
May 2, 2010
The Washington Post NA From Valencia we would expect oranges, and this wine delivers with enticing citrus and exotic spices.
Score: * 1/2 stars (between very good and excellent)
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