Sper…itz 2011 – Sperling Vineyards (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C]

Sper..itz 2011 (very lightly sparkling aperitif white wine), 7.9% ABV, 375 ml., Kelowna, BC, Canada (*local BC wine*)

on the back label:

“A refreshing one syllable wine with a light spritz… from Sperling Vineyards. Made from a heritage ‘Moscato’ planting, these grapes are gently vinified to produce naturally lower alcohol, elegance and finesse.”

  • Style: (frizzante, aperitif) White Wine
  • Taste: Cloying acidic soft sour muscat grape sticky light tart non-smooth
  • Where I got it : Kensington VQA (now gone)
  • How much: $13 CAD – 375 ml., December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: nah

Visual: (cellared for 4 years) Screw top cap. Pours light yellow with no head nor activity, bubbles clinging to the side of the glass, barely frizzante but let’s call it that.

Nose: muscat grape-peach/apricot. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: virtually flat, incoming tart acidity

Mid-palate: tangy-medium sour, soft acidic, (lvl-4-sweetness), prickly muscat grape, mild peach, a touch of minerality

Finish: cloying dense acidity, thickened saliva, grape exhale.

Summary: Nothing too distinguishing. It doesn’t come across as bright and lively as moscato grapes usually do – this one is a jumbled mix of cloying acidity and grape stickiness. There are far better moscatos out there.