Since a) Moscato seems to be on an uptick and b) I recently tasted an inexpensive new Argentine import from Rex-Goliath, I have decided to sample several of the budget Moscatos available at my area stores. Not a side-by-side comparison, but a comparison of sorts nonetheless. And why not? It’s summer, and I’ve seen Moscato described as “capturing the essence of summer.” So … ’tis the season!
Winemaker: Sutter Home
Notes: In the glass this Chilean Moscato is a very pale yellow. On the nose I caught scents of citrus and peach with floral notes. It was a light-bodied selection with quite a pleasant viscosity. Flavors for me were peach, lemon, candied melon rind, and light hints of spices. My only real issue would be that, except for a lone faint citrus note, it seemed fairly weak on the finish. Alcohol is at 10%. Overall, it was pretty easy to drink. This wasn’t a nuanced wine by any means, but it didn’t come off as a bull in a china shop either. You want a relaxed, definitely sweet, cheap Moscato? This could be your wine! It might serve fine as an apéritif for a casual summer gathering, especially if you’re serving some spicy chicken wings as appetizers.
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