It seems to me that Moscato/Muscat wines have recently enjoyed a surge in popularity in the United States. I’m not claiming this is an absolute fact based on market data. This is an anecdotal observation based on what I have seen in my local stores. Even so, the fact that Rex-Goliath has recently added Moscato to their line-up – this one imported from Argentina – may lend some credence to my opinion. Since it was new to me and new to the market at large, I thought I’d give it a try.
Wine: Moscato Argentina
Notes: This is not a shy, restrained Moscato by any means. Perhaps the only thing light about this wine is it’s color, which is a pale chartreuse in the glass. On the nose I smelled lavish scents of honey and peach with floral notes. Acidity was moderately high, lending the wine a very light effervescence when it hit the tongue. It was a medium-bodied white with plenty of viscosity. Flavors I perceived included an intense core of sweet dried apricot, some star fruit, floral notes, white pepper, and grass. The dried apricot revisits on the long finish. I was surprised to see that alcohol is at 11.5% because it definitely comes across as a sweet wine. For me this wine would be too sweet and substantive for an apéritif. I’d serve this as a dessert wine with fresh berries or perhaps a lightly sweet nutty cookie – hazelnut or almond. This Moscato is a little ham-fisted, but that’s OK. Sometimes you want subtlety and complexity. Other times you just want a flavorful beverage to cap off a hearty meal. This wine fits in the latter category.
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