I made a boo-boo. I reviewed this wine not very long ago and although it came close I had no plans to try it again. I guess it was forgettable and so I forgot it. In 1958 four brothers founded a winery in Santo Stephano Bello, in the Piedmont. This village boasts a medieval castle and a Benedictine convent that was probably built over the ruins of a temple to Jupiter. The winery uses grapes from more than 300 local growers to produce more than 18 million bottles a year. They make lots and lots of sparklers, even red ones, and a Chianti in a straw-covered bottle. The companion wine, sweet and syrupy from southwestern France, carries a lower appellation and costs more than twice as much.
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Primo V Moscato (No Vintage) 5.5 % alcohol about $9.
Let's start with the marketing materials "Description : Ranked # 3 in kosherwine.com 's Top 10 wines of 2010. Tasting Note : Unabashedly sweet but with enough natural acidity to carry that and keep the wine lively. Generously frizzante and on the nose and palate spring flowers and heather, those complemented nicely by notes of citrus and ripe peaches. A good quaffer but if it proves too sweet for your taste simply add two ice-cubes to your glass. Drink now. Score - 85. (Daniel Rogov, at the wine lovers page website, November 2010) " And now for my review.
At the first sips this wine was oaky and lightly sweet. I tasted some toast. The initial meal centered on an Atlantic salmon filet baked in cumin, fresh cilantro, garlic powder, and red pepper. This drink responded with refreshing acidity. The side of quinoa increased its acidity but not excessively. The side of beets took away its taste. Fresh pineapple for dessert rendered our Italian friend brisk.
My next meal started with Japanese rice crackers. Now the wine was very pleasant tasting of peaches; its acidity was good. The centerpiece, boxed Baked Ziti Siciliano doused with grated Parmesan cheese, rendered the liquid a little too sugary without being cloying. It had fine length with balanced acidity. When accompanying a tomato, beets, cilantro, red onion, broccoli sprouts, sliced carrots, and cabbage salad, this wine tasted of honey. Fresh blueberries for dessert weakened the Moscato but its acidity was so refreshing.
The final meal featured an omelet perked up with black pepper, tarragon, garlic powder, and ground cumin. This libation was light and smoky with a bit of caramel and good acidity. Its sweetness covered the spices in zesty guacamole. A vanilla ice cream bar in a thick chocolate coating thinned this liquid, which remained pleasantly sweet.
Final verdict. I would buy this wine again. But I have no intention of reviewing it again in the near future.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, but frankly prefers drinking fine German or other wine, accompanied by the right foods and the right people. He teaches computer classes at an Ontario French-language community college. Check out his wine website http://www.theworldwidewine.com with a weekly column reviewing $10 wines and new sections writing about (theory) and tasting (practice) organic and kosher wines.
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