I received a bottle of Calliope Rutherglen Rare Muscat late last year as a gift. (Absolutely love it, having tasted it before). How long does a wine like this last before the taste starts to turn? I know that it will not improve with age and am more concerned about waiting too long to drink it.
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I don't know that particular wine, but as a general rule dessert wines keep very well.

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The Buller's note is correct. Rutherglen muscats and tokays are fortified wines in the style of a tawny port (not like vintage port). They are aged in barrel, and undergo oxidation before being blended in a solera type arrangement. There is a four tier classification depending on the average age of the blend, starting from the youngest - Rutherglen - then through Classic, Grand and finally the oldest, Rare.

As they are already oxidised when bottled, they do not improve with further ageing. That said, they are very robust fortifieds, and will not deteriorate to any great degree for years (assuming good cellaring conditions and a good cork)

The Bullers rare is a great example. I would serve it at the same temperature as a red table wine, at the end of a meal. It would match with any rich dessert (chocolate or caramel based), but is so rich it's often a dessert in itself.

Wine tastes better upside down.
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The Rare Calliope is the wine responsible for turning my interests towards wines in general. I was absolutely blown over when I first tried this one. Every time I look at the bottle, I am tempted to open it. However, since I cannot find it anywhere any longer, I am hesitant to open it. For some reason, the rare Tokay is easily available, but not the muscat.
I had a chance to buy a bottle of the Calliope at a store in White Plains,but the price (which I cannot remember) was way beyond my budget.

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This was my WOTY last year. A superb expression of fortified Oz stickie.

The only comparable wine I've had is the Chambers Rare Muscat from 3 years ago which was twice the price.

These wines last 5-10 years but more important 3-4 weeks after opening, in the fridge.

bman, I have 10 bottles left. At the next offline we both attend, one is yours. Of course, at the rate, we're going that may be 5-10 years. Big Grin Cool
Thanks Dr. T, as soon as my ship comes in, we're off to Virginia for an offline! Or you could come north?

I don't know if I've mentioned this here but my latest assignment, for the past year or so, has been managing a group of government doctors and nurses. We could trade stories! Wink

Pistons rule!

@aussie - Tokay is not fortified wine. Nobel rot, the second half being a good description of your post. 

Missed it by 15 years...  And, Aussie was talking about Australian Tokay (Muscadelle), which is often fortified, not Hungarian Tokaji.

My best auction purchase ever was 10 bottles of NV (1981&82 blend) Mark Swann Rutherglen Golden Muscat for $50 all in. The stuff still rocks. 

thelostverse posted:

Missed it by 15 years...  And, Aussie was talking about Australian Tokay (Muscadelle), which is often fortified, not Hungarian Tokaji.

Funny.

I was wondering about that date.

I guess at some point people just called any sweet wine Tokay, but if I'm not mistaken the grape called Tokay is actually red, whereas the Muscadelle used to make the wine called Tokay is white, and neither have anything to do with Tokaj.

Maybe someone was deep into his third bottle when he started passing out names?

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