Sara Bee Moscato

Since I’m winding down my “tour” of cheap Moscatos available in my area, I had to include some offerings from Italy.  Although I have seen it asserted that the Moscato grape originated in Greece, the Italians have been cultivating and fermenting these grapes since as far back as the early 1300’s.  That’s a lot of time to practice the art of making wine from Moscato!

Winemaker:  Sara Bee by Santero F.lli & C. I.V.A.S.S. S.p.A.
Varietal:  Moscato
Vintage:  NV
Appellation:  Puglia, Italy IGT
Price:  $5.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  In the glass, the color of this sweet white wine – says so on the label – is a vibrant yellow.  On first opening, there was quite a bit of effervescence.  It almost seemed like a sparkling wine right down to the satisfying (and unexpected) “pop” when the cork was removed.  But the effervescence quickly dissipated.  On the nose of this kosher Moscato I caught lots of floral scent and honey.   I suppose that might be why they call it Sara Bee and have a honeybee on the label!  It was medium-light in body, the acidity was bright, and the alcohol was at 5.5%.  Given the low alcohol content, I was concerned that this would be sickly sweet.   And it was quite sweet.  However, the higher acidity managed to help (but not completely) counterbalance the heavy sweetness.  On the palate, I tasted apple cider and peach.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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