Top 9 Moscatos for the Holidays

Stock your shelves with these fine Moscatos for the holidays

 


Earthy lime juice and almost salty aromas makes this smell vaguely of a well-made Margarita. This comes off as a little clumsy with its rather coarse carbonation, but it does have attractive lemon juice, lime leaf and pith flavors all wrapped up with hints of lemongrass and orange peel. Finishing fairly dry, there is a lingering lemony flavor that is fresh and rather clean. Nice and easy to drink in a not too sweet package, it’s a touch coarse, but i like the purity of fruity and pith flavors here. 85pts

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NV Riunite Moscato Puglia Movendo 8% $10

Jammy on the nose with hints of apricot preserves and preserved lemons over a gentle floral base. This is remarkably smooth and easy to drink with soft bubbles that lead to a nice peach and floral mid-palate framed with a hint of lime oil. There's a bit more orange toned fruit on the back end and through the rather long finish. A little more oomph and this would be quite a package, but it is a sure crowd pleaser as is. 85pts

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2010 Red Tree Moscato California 9% $7

Light and high toned on the nose with gentle lemony fruit, a hint of sage and slightly soapy floral aromas. Lightly effervescent, this offers pleasant if subtle flavors of sweet, candied citrus and peach fruit with a light herbal top note. Very pleasant and easy, and not too sweet but it is understated. 83pts

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2010 Folonari Moscato Provincia di Pavia 9.5% $8

A bit lean and mineral on the nose with some stemmy apple fruit. More orchard fruit than the more typical citrus flavors with a nice combination of peach and apple that shows a hint of spice on the back end. The finish is short but also on the dry side. 83pts

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Moscato for the 2012 Holidays

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Coppo Moscato Moncalvina (2010)
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Albino Armani Moscato 1607 Veneto Italy (NV)
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Cavicchioli U E Figli Malvasia Amabile Vino Frizzante Bianco IGT Emilia (NV)
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Tenimenti Ca'Bianca Moscato d'Asti (NV)
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Kenwood Vineyards Moscato Zacchera (2011)
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Riunite d'Oro Moscato Trebbiano (NV)
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Red Tree Moscato (2010)
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Folonari Moscato (2010)
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Moscato D Asti Tenimenti Ca Bianca (2010)
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Jacob"s Creek Moscato White South Eastern Australia Moscato (NV)
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  • Snooth User: swifty
    1167052 21

    What about Cinzano or Mondoro??

    Dec 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM


  • Do you know greek Moscato? What your opinion about it?

    Dec 13, 2012 at 12:36 AM


  • Snooth User: tammy8395
    668080 1

    BAREFOOT!!! both red and white moscato, 1500ml for less than $10 at Sam's. We drink it by the case loads...

    Dec 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM


  • Snooth User: janettamc
    132750 1

    You got that right!! Barefoot Moscato is delish!!! Love both red and white!!!

    Dec 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM


  • If you're a fan of Moscato d'Asti and you've never had La Spinetta, you're missing out. The Bricco Quaglia vineyard is my preference over Biancospino. First had it as the dessert wine pairing at French Laundry. It was the most memorable part of the meal for me.

    Dec 30, 2012 at 12:17 AM


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