Two Moscatos D’Asti

piccole gioie 2011 Moscato d’Asti DOCG, Italy
Azienda Agricola Anna Ghione; 5.5% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 4 May

PiccoleGioie_2011_MoscatoDAstiThis wine is quite yummy, with yellow flowers, ripe yellow apple and pear, strongly Muscat-perfumed, with gentle carbonation.  However, it is perhaps a little too sweet and heavy.  We drank these with spicy Indian take-out, and I preferred this wine with it.






Ruffino 2012 Moscato d’Asti DOCG, Italy; 6% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 4 May

Ruffino_2012_MoscatoDAstiMildly sweet light yellow pear and some of the Muscat perfumed flowers, I found this wine relatively bland compared to the 2011 Ghione above, and compared to the spicy Indian food.  OTOH, on of our guests preferred this wine as less sweet and more balanced.  I also thought this wine was less carbonated.  Tasting some the next day on its own, I thought this tasted just fine, although still not especially exciting.


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