Thursday, November 26, 2009

**** $$ Braida Moscato d'Asti "Vigna Senza Nome", 2008, Piedmont, Italy - Wine Review and Rating

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By way of background: Consistent with most versions of Moscato d'Asti, this Braida "Vigna Senza Nome" comes in at a modest 5.5% alcohol. Different from the Asti Spumante's I've seen though, it is bottled in a regular wine bottle. When you pull the cork however, you do notice that it is a champagne-width cork shoved into the bottle neck.

Moscato d'Asti wines are produced from the moscato bianco grapes in areas around the town of Asti in Piedmont, Italy, way up in the northwest section of the country.

In the glass: The Braida Moscato d'Asti shows clean and transparent, with a slight vanilla cast. Bubbles are quite tiny, but active, curling into a foam atop your glass.

On the nose: The nose is luscious, sweet lavender and grass.

On the palate: Your upper palate is touched first, with sweet meadow grasses. Then the light bubbles prickle the sides of your cheeks, as light acids slowly unfold.

And the finish: The finish is fresh, light and lemon-clean. No sweet cloying whatsoever.

In summary: Solid, wholly pleasant, yet satisfying and unusually layered experience. I'd stay with this, yielding a full four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. At its price point, this is a best value. Proved to be a wonderful aperitif in advance of Thanksgiving dinner.

Gary Vaynerchuk was equally enthralled with Braida Moscato d'Asti, awarding 91 points and declaring it his favorite bottle of this varietal.

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