Sunday, January 4, 2009

**** $$$ Nivole Moscato D'Asti, Michele Chiarlo, 2007, Italy - Review and Rating

Review: The Nivole Moscato D'Asti is very light yellow color, with honey overtones. There are specks of effervescence in the glass.

Served cool, the Nivole shows bright, floral elements - mostly white flowers - almost gardenia-like. A touch of light funk, almost very light honey-ish. Hint of grass - just a hint. More suggestive than powerful as a nose.

On the palate, though, the suggestiveness gets brought to light with real taste! A vibrant, sweet peach touches the center palate, framed by just a hint of sweet acids. It flows along the sides of your mouth to a delicate, crisp white-honey finish. Yum. Four stars out of five, since I would stay with this for an evening rather than moving to another lightly sweet wine for a taste.

I don't see that aging would improve the vibrant floral freshness of Nivole Moscato D'Asti. Interesting that "nivole" means "cloud" in Piedmontese - an appropriate name indeed for such a light, yet powerful wine.

According to the importer, "Moscato d'Asti is one of the most sublime and delicate of all dessert wines, which should be consumed at its freshest and most youthful. Its very low level of alcohol makes it particularly light and soft on the palate, and especially gentle for consumption after dinner, when wines of greater alcoholic content have typically been consumed beforehand."

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