You have no idea how many requests I have received from listeners and readers to review a Moscato. People have come up to me at events and told me how much they love Moscato. Honestly, I have tried to like Moscato, but every single one has been too sweet, too syrupy, one-note, just not good.
After one of our recent Wine Wednesday tasting parties at the Old Grist Mill, sommelier Steve Lydon took me aside and said “have you tried this Moscato?” I told him the story I just told you. He said, “You’ll like the Castello del Poggio.” Skeptical, I tried it; and you know what? He was right. That guy really knows wine.
This is a genuine Italian Moscato that could almost be considered sparkling wine. It definitely has a spritz to it, but there won’t be a cork hitting the ceiling when you open this; it’s actually got a screw cap. Open it and enjoy the fresh aromas of honey and citrus, and flavors of melon, green apple and peach, with a clean, crisp finish. This wine screams summer, and would go great with fruit salad, but I wouldn’t mind pairing it with spicy food for a delicious contrast.
Another interesting thing about this wine is how low the actual alcohol content is: unlike a typical champagne or sparkling wine which runs between 10% and 13% alcohol, this Moscato is only 5%. Serve it chilled to friends who may not be wine drinkers and see what they think. I bet they like it. Plus, at less than $13 a bottle, it’s a great value.
On my five-cork scale based on taste and value, I give the Castello del Poggio Moscato 3.5 corks. If you’re looking for something light and refreshing for summer, this is your wine.