Moscato IGT Veneto – Sacchetto (Trebaseleghe, Italy)

  • My Rating: [C+]

Moscato IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) Veneto – Sacchetto, 7% ABV, 750 ml., (Trebaseleghe, Italy)


more information about this moscato on their Italian website: www.sacchettovini.it


  • Style: (frizzante, aperitif) Moscato IGT
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : 16th St Liquor / West Vancouver
  • How much: $16 CAD (after 10% off) – 750 ml., August 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: nah

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Non-vintage. Resealable bailer-top bottle. Pours clear light sunshine yellow with tight large bubbles hugging the side of the glass, sporadic surfacing bubbles, a few singular slow steady small bubble streams. Frizzante.

Nose: lemon curd, apple-pineapple, partial wine acidity (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: dense sugars, sweet & fruity impression

Mid-palate: tingly mouthfeel, (lvl-8-sweetness), med-high sour/slight tangy, apple juice, lemony, white table grape, green apple

Finish: residual fruitness-sour

Summary: Very fruity forward with a big sweetness to back it up. The good thing is that there’s a density of flavour that accompanies the sugars. Slightly cloying and predicable in flavour, not quite a tropical and bright as I had hoped.

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.

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.

McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Moscato (NV) – (South Eastern Australia)

  • My Rating: [A-]

McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Moscato (Non-Vintage), 6.0% ABV, 750ml., (South Eastern Australia)


on the back label:

“With floral aromas, this wine has a delightful bouquet. Its lively palate displays peach, citrus and honey with a full bodied sweetness balanced by a refreshing mouth feel.”


  • Style: (Frizzante – Moscato) White wine
  • Taste: Inviting fruity bright sweet peach pear elderflower tangy
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $15 – 750ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: sure
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: just for fun, not to impress

Visual: Twist cap top. Pours with bubbles settled at the bottom of the glass, clear light yellow, no activity.

Nose: bright fruity floral notes of peachy pear and touch of elderflower. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: bright welcoming fruitiness

Mid-palate: (lvl-7-sweetness), peach, pear, elderflower, tangy lemon-lime acidity,

Finish: light tart, trace amounts of cloying sugar, onset of heartburn

Summary: Super playfully fruity controlled sweet and hardly expensive. Recommended for parties, with a meal, or as a palate cleanser, this one is extremely easy to drink. Might cause heartburn for some.

Jacob’s Creek Moscato (Australia)

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  • My Rating: [C+]

Jacob’s Creek Moscato 2011 – Orlando Wines, 8.0% ABV, 750ml., (Rowland Flat, South Australia)


on the back label:

“Jacob’s Creek Moscato is a deliciously refreshing ‘frizzante’ style wine delicately spritzed with vibrant sherbet flavours balanced with a lively and soft fruit sweetness.”


  • Style: (Frizzante – Moscato) White wine
  • Taste: Bright dense sweet puckery sour muscat grape partially cloying
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$13 – 750ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: unbalanced

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Twist cap top. Pours barely fizzy with lots of small bubbles hugging the side of the glass, light sunshine yellow colour.

Nose: bright apple-lime acidity, stonefruit minerality. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: puckery acidic-tart

Mid-palate: dense (lvl-6-sweetness), continued med-aggressive sour, alcoholic tang, muscat grape, lime

Finish: tart acidity, thickened saliva, prickly-tangy tongue, sticky gums, apple-white grape exhale.

Summary: Lots of bright grapey-apple fruitiness characteristic of moscatos, although somewhat cloying and sticky in the finish. Drinks like an inexpensive and straightforward muscat wine for the masses.

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.