Calini Wines ERV $14.49
Purchased: Albany, GO 11-6-2015
I almost didn’t buy this, based on the very poor review of the Calini Chianti Bargainwhine posted earlier this week. However, I thought it was a slim chance to have a completely different wine with oxidation issues, so I decided to go ahead. After all, Mimosas are so doable with sparkling wine if it’s terrible.
I like Prosecco. This one said extra-dry. Two things in its favor. However, the grape varietal is Moscato and we’ve never seen eye to eye; mostly because all of the Moscato wines I’ve tasted are uber sweet. So this one interested me…and for $3.99, can’t lose to do a taste test.
Color: Very pale gold
Nose: Floral, tropical
Body: Very nice for sparkling wine. Not heavy. Crisp. Moderate amount of bubbles. Bright acidity.
Taste: Tropical fruits, apricot, pineapple, hint of apple and a bit of minerality. There’s also a taste I’m unfamiliar with (I’m guessing because I avoid Moscato, it probably has to do with the varietal itself). The perceived sweetness is sweeter than the dry Cava I’ve been drinking of late, so apparently extra-dry Moscato does not taste as bone dry as dry Cava. However it’s not a sweet wine. It’s quite nice. Refreshing.
To be honest, it’s very balanced. Not too many bubbles, not too much fruit, not too much sugar, not too much (or too little) acidity and it’s not overly dry for those that don’t like super dry. It’s hard to go wrong with this one at $4.