Barefoot Red Moscato Review

Name: Barefoot Red Moscato
Type: Red
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: Non-Vintage
Price: $5.99

I’m not sure how to categorize this wine. It’s a Moscato, which is supposed to be white. It’s named “Red” but due to some apparent mixing of red and white wine it has a color that I’d describe as a rose, maybe a touch darker.

It smells and tastes like cherries. It’s very light and slightly effervescent, as a Moscato ought to be. There’s a very light touch of acidity on the short finish. This is a deft addition to the Barefoot portfolio because a red Moscato is somewhat intriguing and while the flavor is sweet, it’s several shades less sweet than the Barefoot Sweet Red wine.

This is a prototypical summer wine. Good for pleasing crowds of people who aren’t wine connoisseurs, in fact, it closely resembles my memory of what a wine cooler tastes like and could easily be altered into a passable sangria. I wouldn’t bring it to a party unless I was crashing, but if you used it in the punch bowl at your own affair, none would be the wiser.

Bottle of Barefoot Red Moscato wine

2009 Redtree Moscato

Name: Redtree Moscato
Type: White
Grape: Moscato
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2009
Producer: Cecchetti Wine Company
Price: $8.99

I’m a sucker for a sweet wine so I saw this on sale and went for it. It’s a screw top too, which never hurts (IMHO). Has the color of a Pinot Grigio, looks like it in the bottle too, if you weren’t paying attention you’d mistake it for one. The smell is all Moscato though, apricot in full. It’s a bit sweet and definitely fruity, also apricot primarily, though not as sweet as other Moscatos I’ve had. The flavor also quickly turns a bit more tart and drab towards the quick, crisp finish. It’s not a bad wine overall but it’s not the best Moscato I’ve had by quite a stretch.

Dolceoro Moscato D’Asti

Name: Dolceoro Moscato D’Asti
Type: White
Grape: Moscato
Origin: Italy
Year: Non-vintage
Producer: Viticoltori Dell’acquese S.C.A.
Price: $9.99

Slightly fizzy with a very fragrant apricot nose. Has a light mouth feel and a clean, sweet flavor. Yes, this is a Moscato D’Asti. I think I will continue to drink this type of wine because it is an excellent dessert wine and a real crowd pleaser. However, I don’t think I’ll review many more of them unless I have a real reason because Moscato pretty much always tastes the same.

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Patrizi Moscato D’Asti

Name: Patrizi Moscato D’Asti
Type: White
Grape: Muscat
Origin: Italy
Year: 2005
Producer: Cantine Manfredi Aldo
Price: $8.99

First review of 2007! I don’t take well to carbonation in general so when the occasion calls for Champagne, I usually drink Moscato D’Asti. It has a bit of carbonation but not too much. This one has a lively pear aroma and a clean, slightly sweet but unremarkable flavor. Maybe in 2008 I’ll spring for a better Moscato…

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Samos

Name: Samos
Type: White
Grape: Muscat
Origin: Greece
Year: Non-vintage
Producer: Kourtakis
Price: $9.99

This one is just this side of cough syrup. Smells of honey and ripe fruit. Tastes like cough syrup. Just overpowering sweetness followed by a jolt of alcohol. It’s almost more like tasting Limoncello than wine although the flavor is entirely different. Not too much else to it, don’t know if I’d try it again. I’ve had some great Greek wines, this just isn’t among them.

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La Caliera Moscato D’Asti

Name: La Caliera
Type: White
Grape: Moscato D’Asti
Origin: Italy
Year: 2005
Producer: Carlo Galliano
Price: $15.99

This wine is a real treat. It’s slightly fizzy with fine bubbles and smells of fruit and fresh cut grass. It is a sweet wine, I would drink it as a dessert wine for sure. The flavor is of pear and is quite creamy as well. This is one of the better wines I’ve had within the $20 price cap. Everyone likes this wine, even those who aren’t crazy about wine.

Dolceoro Moscato D’Asti

Name: Dolceoro
Type: White
Grape: Moscato D’Asti
Origin: Italy
Year: Non-vintage
Producer: Viticoltori Dell’Acquese
Price: $10.99

Had this wine at a wine class I’m taking. It is basically a dessert wine. It has a little bit of fizz to it, nothing like champagne but it’s definitely there. Our instructor said that this wine is ancient, it’s been produced in Italy for at least 2000 years and was Julius Caesar’s favorite wine. It has a very distinct apricot aroma and it’s quite sweet, as you would expect. It’s a light sweetness though, not syrupy like some dessert wines. This is a very good, highly recommended dessert wine and at only $10 a bottle!

Muscat de Beaulieu

Name: Muscat de Beaulieu
Type: White
Grape: Muscat
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: Non-vintage
Producer: Beaulieu Vineyard
Price: $8.99

This is a cheap dessert wine that I found at the corner store. I usually don’t find dessert wine of any sort for less than $10 a bottle, and by “bottle” I mean one of those 375ml jobs. This one caught my eye at $8.99. And what you get for that kind of money is a servicable dessert wine. It isn’t fantastic by any stretch, but it doesn’t taste like a Wal-mart wine, which for a dessert wine it clearly is. It has the typical aroma of honeyed apricots and a sweet, slightly syrupy flavor that shows its high alcohol content on the long-ish finish.