Matt Walker

Location: Northridge, CA

I am a Certified Specialist of Wine and uncertified Wine Geek! As a Snoother, I hope to raise awareness for smaller, lesser-known but quality driver producers. Major regions I specialize in include Washington, California, Tuscany, Bordeaux, and the Douro

Grapes Less Traveled

This list is for the adventurous types out there or for the seasoned wine drinker who is simply tired of the same varietals over and over and over again.  All the wines on this list will either be of a relatively unknown varietal or a relatively familiar varietal that is usually only seen in blends.

2. Ca'Togni Napa Valley Sweet (2004)

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What the heck is Muscat Hamburg (Black Hamburgh) you ask? Well as a relative to Muscat Blanc (Moscato) it's a very aromatic and flavorful grape and one that deserves to be planted more often. If you've had his Cabs you might not think of Togni as opulent but this wine sure is. Reminiscent of a Beerenauslese or Ice Wine, it is rich and decandent beyond compare. What sets this wine apart from other desserts (besides the obscure grape, or perhaps because of) is the true explosive force of flavor this wine has. This wine forces you to sip slowly are you'll simply be overwhelmed. Everything from roses to black raspberries to allspice to orange blossom honey. If you can find a bottle (only 500 375ml bottles available per vintage) grab it!
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