Thursday, November 26, 2009

*** $ Nando Asti (Spumante), Piedmont, Italy - Wine Review and Rating

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By way of background: Like a Moscato d'Asti, Asti Spumante is a sparkling wine made from moscato bianco grapes in the area around Asti in northwestern Italy. Although the winemaking process differs a bit from that of Moscato d'Asti, you'll find many of the same notes in the flavors of the wine and its uses.

In the glass: Nando Asti (Spumante) is off-white in the glass, veering towards vanilla color. Its bubbles are forceful.

On the nose: You only get a shy funk on the nose. Not terribly beckoning.

On the palate: Perky bubbles are the first note as you sip, followed by a tangy sweetness. Sweet citrus then settles into your cheeks.

And the finish: The finish fades to a slightly cloying sweetness, wanting the next sip to erase it.

In summary: Still an experience I would be open to at another party, so three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Though for more complexity and pleasure, consider spending more for the Braida Moscato d'Asti. Nonetheless, because Nando comes in at a bargain price, it rates as a best value.

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