Variety: 100% Moscato
The key to making true Italian Moscato is to capture the natural fruity aroma and vibrant flavor of the Moscato grape. The grapes are crushed and quickly pressed. During fermentation the carbon dioxide is retained giving the wine its “frizzante” character. Close your eyes and think of fresh grapes, that’s exactly what Moscato tastes like.
I decided to try this wine after one of my old friends told me that this is her absolute favorite Moscato. We have similar tastes in wine, so I thought I’d give it a shot. The first thing I noticed about this wine was that its color was clear but tinted green. I thought that was a little odd because I’ve need a lot of yellow hued wines, but I hadn’t seen any green ones before. Regardless of the color, it smelled like what I have come to expect from Moscato, namely apples and pears, but it also had some lemon scent thrown in there, which was a nice surprise. The taste was not what I was expecting. Knowing my friend, I expected it to be pretty sweet, which it was, but it was also quite acidic, which cut the sweetness really nicely. The flavor of the wine is actually kind of hard to describe. I definitely tasted some honey and pineapple flavors, but there was something else in there that I couldn’t name. I still can’t put my finger on it, but it was bright and fresh and made me think of yellow, but I have no idea why. Maybe it was lemon? I’ll have to try it again to find out!
I drank this wine initially on its own, and it was pretty dang good! I think it could go well with pasta or shellfish in a white sauce though.