Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d’Asti (Calamandrana, Italy)

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  • My Rating: B

Nivole Moscato d’Asti 2007 (DOCG) – Michele Chiarlo, 5% ABV, 375ml, (Calamandrana, Italy-Northwest)

From wiki:

“DOCGDenominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (controlled designation of origin guaranteed)

A notable difference for wines is that DOCG labelled wines are analysed and tasted by government–licensed personnel before being bottled. To prevent later manipulation, DOCG wine bottles then are sealed with a numbered governmental seal across the cap or cork.”

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  • Style: (sweet crackling wine) Moscato d’Asti
  • Taste Profile:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores (no longer available – Sept/13)
  • How much: $18 – 375ml, sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps in the late, late future
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: yes; and non-drinkers alike

Visual: It’s all sealed professionally including the numbered gov’t seal, nice touch. Pours light yellow with crackling effervescence, a few lasting bubbles hugging the perimeter.

Nose: mainly (7)red apple and light (3)pear on the nose. (7)aromatic strength.

Attack: incoming fruity (7)dense sugars

Mid-palate: fizzy-light crackling mouthfeel, (5)sweetness, (MAIN) (8)red apple, green apple (HINT) lime, pear, light soapiness

Finish: red apple exhale, clean-bodied, light (1)tangy & (3)tart, mildy (3)sweet fruity finish.

Summary:  A supremely easy-drinking bottle of Moscato d’Asti, as almost all bottles are. Fruity apple body with balanced sweetness and acidity, even as it warms. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point intensity scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)