Grown in the Russian River Valley, the Black Muscat grapes ripen slowly in the cool, foggy climate, reaching their full flavor maturity much later than other varieties of grapes. A dry, late winter and early spring was followed by a long, cool summer. While we experienced no major heat spikes, the remnants of an unusual typhoon from Japan brought tropical moisture in the form of up to six inches of rain on October 12th and 13th.We picked the Black Muscat grapes just prior to the rains.Though harvest was a few weeks earlier than usual, the exotic flavors of the Black Muscat had accumulated enough to achieve thesignature berry and floral characteristics of our Eldorado Noir.
Rhonda's Recipe and Pairing NotesPear and Dried Cherry Scrunch
The 2008 Eldorado Noir is exceptional paired with decadent chocolate desserts, as well as vanilla bean ice cream or bread pudding with plum or persimmons. Fruit-based tarts, shortcakes, fruitcakes, pumpkin pie, pecan pie or baked apples.