Quady Essensia 375 2007
Essensia is made from 100% Orange Muscat. It has an aroma reminiscent of orange blossom and apricot, and a lingering refreshing aftertaste. It is used as a dessert accompaniment or a dessert in itself. The Orange Muscat grape variety is little known. It was once grown in France and there are some small plantings in Italy and Australia. The wine is lightly fortified to about 15% alcohol and aged for 3 months in French Oak. The wine tastes balanced, like the taste of fresh fruit. Essensia's vibrant flavor makes it an excellent accompaniment to desserts, particularly chocolate and those containing almonds, peaches, apples, or apricots. It is also used for dipping biscotti, for moistening cakes, or for adding to trifles. With sparkling water, it makes a refreshing spritzer; with sparkling wine it makes Essensia Royale.
I may be a little biased about Quady since I know the family and poured for them at a couple of wine expos. That said, I honestly believe that Quady is what good dessert wines ought to be: nuanced, fun, sweet – but not cloyingly so. Essensia in particular is consistently good across multiple vintages, including 2007. It pairs well with butternut squash pie, bread pudding, vanilla ice cream and just about anything chocolate. It's on a par with the best French and Spanish equivalents without the sticker shock. I have yet to encounter an oxidized bottle. That @bobs1 did is unfortunate, but not representative of the vintage or the winery as a whole.
I have had several bottles of 07 Essensia over the past few months and everyone has been exceptional: "..tangerines, apricots, honey, butterscotch, and vanilla.." as noted by Wine Enthusiast in their 92 point review. "Vinegar" is generally an indication of heat damage. I have returned corked and heat damaged bottles to the stores where I purchased them. So far, I have always been able to exchange the bottle. I would give a high scoring wine the benefit of the doubt and try a second bottle before writing a review.
Looking for a good dessert wine for the holidays, my local wine shop suggested the Essensia. Wine Enthusiast gave it a 92 so it couldn't be too bad. I was afraid it would be too sweet, but was very suprised when we tried it. It was fantastic!!! It paired very well with our pumpkin pie. After some research on their website, i noticed their Deviation was made with the Essensia. I cant wait to try the Deviation next!