Villa Alena Moscato d’Asti 2012

I hate it when life gets in the way of blogging!  Every once in a while that happens to me.  But I’m happy to say that it hasn’t stopped me from drinking some wine and taking notes.  Those who drop in often know I’ve been working my way through some cheap Moscato’s, and here is another.  This is from the very famous Asti region in Italy.

Winemaker:  Villa Alena
Wine:  Moscato d’Asti
Varietal:  Moscato
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Asti, Italy DOCG
Price:  $7.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  Color on this one was a very pale yellow.  The bouquet was extremely faint with an almost dusty quality.  It was light-bodied and very effervescent.  I mean it was bubbly and frothy on the opening and stayed lively throughout.  Flavors were fairly simple – honey and sweet apricot with some peach notes, too.  Acidity was fine and alcohol was at 5.5%.  Yes, another very sweet dessert wine, to be sure.  As bubbly as it is, you could use this for a fun, casual summer birthday toast instead of the expected Champagne.  And it’s easy on the budget.