Tranchero Casot Moscato d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy)

  • My Rating: [B]

Tranchero Casot Moscato d’Asti 2010, DOCG, 5.5% ABV, 750 ml., (Piedmont, Italy)


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/digestif) Moscato d’Asti
  • Taste: Controlled sweet tropical guava-pineapple fruity
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $23 CAD (after 10% off) – 750 ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: sure

Visual: (cellared for 7 years, 2010 vintage). DOCG sticker, numbered bottle, foil top with authentic stamped cork. Pours clear light apple juice yellow with suspended large bubbles, nano-bits of sediment.

Nose: light green apple, guava, a touch of lime. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: bright fruity entry, mildly tingly

Mid-palate: elevated bright fruitiness, background acidity, slight cloying (lvl-6-sweetness), GUAVA, pineapple

Finish: residual tangy apple, mostly clean

Summary: Tropical fruit city! Big exotic fruitiness with solid depth and body. It’s becomes cloying as it warms, would go nicely with a charcuterie, or with a warm cinnamon dusted apple pie to finish. Solid for its ABV.

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)

La Serra Moscato d’Asti (Italy)

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  • My Rating: B-

Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy La Serra – Moscato d’Asti 2010, 5% ABV – 375ml, (Italy)

  • Style: (crackling) Moscato d’Asti
  • Taste Profile: fruity sweetness/fizzy -> muscat/red apple/peach/elderflower -> cloying/sweet juicy finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy (?)
  • How much: ~$18, sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes

Visual: DOCG numbered label and real cork. Pours pours lightly CO2 white wine yellow with a few clustered streams and bubbles in the glass.

Nose: white muscat grape with some sugars and a bit of acidity.

Attack: 8/10-dense sugary sweetness, light fizzy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: muscat grape, red apple, peach-apricot, hints of elderflower

Finish: light-medium sticky cloying, fruity sweet juicy finish.

Summary: A supremely drinkable palate cleanser and meal finisher wine. It has texture, sweetness, flavour, aroma, and low abv. Somewhat aggressive with the sugars.

Scrapona Moscato D’Asti 2009 (Italy)

Scrapona Moscato D’Asti 2009, 5.5% ABV – 375ml, (Italy)

  • Style: (lightly carbonated) Moscato D’Asti
  • My Rating: B+
  • Taste Profile: Sweet/light syrup/fizzy -> muscat/apple/pear -> mild tart/tangy/light cloying finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $15, Summer 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours golden yellow with light carbonation and a few bubbles on the side of the glass. Drinks with a 9/10-sweetness, lightly syrupiness, slightly sticky, mild fizzy/burpiness, tastes of dense muscat grape, apple/pear, mild tartness/tang/sourness, finishes slightly cloying as it warms. Highly sippable.

Moscato d’Asti 2008 – Enrico Serafino (Italy)

Moscato d’Asti 2008 – Enrico Serafino, 5.5% ABV, (Italy)

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: ultra-clean pure and clean flavour
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor, 01/2012
  • How much: $25 (after 10%), 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to wine afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes (chilled): pours an exceptionally clear light golden yellow with countable bubbles that quickly dissipate. Light aromas of apple on the nose. Drinks close to apple juice viscosity, strong aromas of red apple, Persian lime, pear, white table grapes, notes of lychee, with a balanced 5/10-level sweetness. Great drinkability, although the 2nd glass is slightly sweeter than the 1st. Recommended.

Moscato D’asti 2009 – G.D. Vajra (Italy)

Moscato D’asti 2009 – G.D. Vajra (med-lightly carbonated), 5.5% ABV, (Barolo, Italy)

On the back label:

“The winery is located on the West side of Barolo, in the village of Vergne. The grapes are all estate grown from a 40 hectare site, situated at an altitude from 350 up to 480 metres a.s.l. The wines are made with many years of experience and tradition; combining modern technology with generations of experience and indigenous varieties. The wines are elegant, fragrant, fruity with the ability to age for several years. This wine has a great backbone of acidity with layers of fruit and spice; and will drink well with many traditional Italian dishes such as pasta, as well as roast chicken, beef and lamb dishes.

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I really like it: fruity elegant with finesse
  • Where I got it: Taphouse liquor store (West Van.)
  • How much: ~$25-$30 for a 375ml, Winter 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes, with friends
  • Would I recommend this to wine afficianados: Absolutely

Tasting Notes: pours light sunshine yellow with a small but decent head that quickly dissipates, gentle CO2 streams, staying bubbles in the glass. Fragrant bouquet of summer peaches, apricots, pineapple, hint of minerals, and touch of floralness. When chilled drinks 5/10 sweetness, hits 7/10 and slightly cloying syrupiness after 10 minutes. Crisp acidic backbone, fruity body, good sweetness, very gentle/soft carbonation = great texture. Recommend 150ml pours – any more leaves sugar in the mouth.