7 best muscat wines for 2021


Saracco, Ceretto, Batasiolo

If the name Moscato conjures up images from your youth, you are not alone. Moscato, a wine made from the Muscat grape, has offered many of us an entry into the wine world, thanks to its accessible palette of citrus and stone fruit, its sweetness and its generally low alcohol nature. But none of this should be taken to mean that moscato is immature.

In fact, the muscat grape is one of the oldest grape varieties on the planet and has been used in winemaking since ancient times. Since the early 2000s, muscat wines have gained increasing market share, so if it’s been a while since you’ve had a drink, here are the best bottles to welcome muscat back to your palette.

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Saracco Moscato d’Asti 2017

By far the most recognizable style of muscat wine, moscato d’asti originates from the Piedmont region of Italy. Light and frizzy (the Italian distinction that separates subtly sparkling wines from more intensely bubbling versions like franciacorta) this bottle offers flavors of summer fruit and white flowers that work perfectly at a garden party or as a pre-dinner refreshment.

Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d’Asti

With a delicate 5 percent alcohol by volume (for reference, the typical California Cabernet Sauvignon hovers between 13 and 15 percent), this pale gold sparkler with hints of tropical fruit is ideal for those between hours of work. in the afternoon or late evening when you crave a drink that won’t weigh you down or go to your head.

Batasiolo Moscato d’Asti Bosc dla Rei

Notes of fresh rose and sticky green figs make this subtly bubbling wine a natural pairing for a cheese plate, a rich charcuterie or even a classic panettone.

Mondoro Sparkling Asti Spumante

More sparkling than asti moscato, styles of asti spumante share a similar flavor profile with a more robust bubble. If you’re looking for the perfect wine to sip by the pool, look no further.

Quady Essensia Orange Muscat

Although the most famous style of muscat may originate from Italy, Italians are far from alone in realizing the appeal of muscat grapes. This bottle of California still dessert wine uses them to balance the natural sweetness of the fruit with crisp acidity that offsets the ring notes of citrus, honey and toasted nuts.

Zind-Humbrecht Muscat

While “sweet” and “dry” may seem like polar opposites, this Alsatian Muscat strikes the perfect balance, underpinning the stone fruit and floral notes with enough acidity and crisp minerality to keep it from falling. never flat on the pallet.

Campbells Rutherglen Muscat

With a deeper, more tannic note than most other Muscat wines and an intense sweetness (the Rutherglen style is one of the smoothest Muscat styles), this award-winning Australian bottle offers notes of dried fruit, sugar. caramelized and hints of wood and spices that make it perfect as a dessert pairing (or substitute).

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