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


  • 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.”


  • 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)


  • 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.

Xyris 2010 – Marotti Campi (Italy)


  • My Rating:

Xyris 2010 Mosto di Uve Parzialmente Fermentato (Partially fermented grape must) – Marotti Campi, 7% ABV – 750ml, (Italy)

from the Marotti Campi website:

“Bright ruby red color. Soft, velvety mousse with violet reflections. Aromas of violets, roses and undergrowth. Sweet, harmonic and fresh, with hints of black cherry and currant.”

  • Style: (Sweet, crackling) Dessert Wine
  • Taste Profile: fruity fizziness -> cassis/violet/grape -> tannic rough finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $27 (after 10% off), January 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, shared
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: yes

Visual: pours clear deep ruby red with light carbonation, micro bubbles, ringed retention, no visible activity.

Nose: fruity cassis on the nose.

Attack: 7/10-fruity lighty-cloying sweetness, soft fizziness

Mid-palate: dense cassis, rose petal, violet, purple table grape, very tart and tannic

Finish: tannic roughness, aromatic fruity exhale, light alcohol detection.

This is certainly an interesting wine. It’s bright, fruity, inviting, and quite sippable. The dark fruit and floral aromas make this one of the more interesting dessert wines I’ve had in awhile.


Moscato Puglia (NV) – Primo Amore (Italy)


  • My Rating: B

Moscato Puglia – Primo Amore, 7% ABV – 750ml, (Gambellara, Italy)

On the back label:

“This refreshing and fruity Moscato wine comes from the warm Southern vineyards of Puglia. Prmo Amore, or ‘First Love’, expresses the joy of discovery experienced when a wine drinker first encounters the sweetness and enticing fragrance of this delicate wine. It pairs well with salads, chicken and fish dishes, as well as desserts.”

  • Style: Crackling Wine
  • Taste Profile: Smooth CO2/sweetness -> apple/pear/lemon/tang -> low alcohol/soft/crisp/med-sticky finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy (?)
  • How much: ~$20, Sometime 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes with friends
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: yes and to non-drinkers

Tasting notes: Screw-cap top but hey don’t judge a bottle by its packaging (even though we all do). I gotta say I love Moscatos/Muscat wines so I am looking forward to this one. Pours surprisingly with light carbonation (like a frizzante), very light yellow, ringed retention, a few countable streams. Bright summer fruits like peach and apricot, as well as apple/pear on the nose.

Attack: super-smooth micro CO2 mouthfeel, 8/10-sweetness, light density

Mid-palate: red apple, pear, lemon, very light tartness, medium tang, persistent soft sweetness

Finish: very low alcohol detection, soft until the end, light crisp, low-sticky sugary finish.

Overall a very approachable crackling wine. Simple yet refined, elegant and poised.

Moscato Provincia di Pavia (NV) – Castello del Poggio (Italy)

Moscato Provincia di Pavia (NV) – Castello del Poggio, 7% ABV, (Italy)

One the back label:

“This Moscato offers an appealing freshness and taste that reveals the varietal characteristics of this wine. The delicate sweetness and fine aroma make it an ideal match for desserts and fruit salads.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: lightly carbonated and orchard fruit sweet
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor, 01/2012
  • How much: $23 (after 10%), 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to wine afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours sunshine yellow, lightly-softly carbonated (crackling wine), moseying CO2 streams, a few visible bubbles clinging to the walls. Huge apricot and apple aromas on the nose. Initial sweetness is 5/10-level and soft, transitions into bold sugary tart green apple, apricot, elderflower, pear, white grape, and then progresses into an somewhat cloying 7/10-level sweetness, and partially alcoholic finish. Medium complexity, medium length, medium depth, okay transitions, good carry, great drinkability. Goes down quickier and easier than a 7% beer and best served chilled.