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.
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.
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