2008 Flore de Moscato

Price: $4.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

2008 Flore de MoscatoPer Trader Joe’s Ten For The Tasting (pdf) “Even those of us who are not sweet wine sippers were seduced by Flore De Moscato. Light, fruity and sprightly, it delivers sweet flavors with a smooth, bright mouth-feel (not syrupy at all). It’s made exclusively for us by a legendary California winemaker whose career has been dedicated solely to the art of the Muscatel. This delicate blend of Orange Muscat & Muscat Canelli has an inviting floral aroma with flavors of citrus and peach. It’s a great late afternoon hammock wine with enough voluptuousness and eleganceto hold its own as dessert. The enticement is the elixir, but the price, well, we’d be barefaced to say it wasn’t beguiling too – a 750 ml bottle is $4.99″

What I Think:

I’ve long wondered… Am I the only one that ends up coming home from most tasting trips to the wine country with inordinate amounts of Rose and Dessert Wine (mostly Port)? My take is that I rarely take the appropriate time to appreciate these in the moment whether it family or friends that are otherwise distracting me. Is it just me? In these scenarios I usually end up paying $10-$20 a bottle. Long story short, this is as good as all of those. This one is a blend of Orange Muscat & Muscat Canelli. I know above it mentions that it can work as a dessert wine. IMHO, that is the only way to use this one. It is syrupy, but not overly sweet, almost spritzy and surprisingly light (7.5%, yes I looked twice!) given the weight of this wine in your mouth. I get floral notes on the nose with apple early on the palate that becomes sweet, tropical flavors on the finish. Guessing this one could be even better with real dessert. That said, I was surprised I couldn’t track down this legendary California winemaker via the internet but let’s not ask too many questions… Go get yourself a bottle!

Rating: Buy It

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35 thoughts on “2008 Flore de Moscato

  1. @Victoria Lucky! Let me know how it is if you give it a try… Angela any news on this one for NorCal? Really enjoyed the last version of this one…

  2. @Jason I’m sipping it now. It’s light and sweet (as expected) but not cloying, tastes more of melon and apricot rather than orange, with some spritzy bubbles at the bottom of my glass …. simply yummy! I didn’t taste the ’08 so I can’t compare, but for the price, a few more bottles of this one will end up coming home with me the next time I’m at TJ’s!

  3. This wine is absolutely wonderful. I am not an expert by no means, but my husband and I must have a glass everynight. It would be addictive if the % wasn’t so low. (smile)

  4. A real steal if I’ve ever seen one. To me orange was clearly the dominant aroma- think the freshest, sweetest, juiciest orange except better. Definitely a slight effervescence too.

    Available in NJ too. You guys in CA are so spoiled, always getting the lowest prices, first availability, and gems that never make it to the rest of the country. But seriously I hope there’s enough for everyone and that you won’t have to wait long.

  5. Hey all, I connected some dots over the summer but forgot to share. This one was made by Quady Winery where you can find the current version of this one reasonably priced. I’m hoping to try it soon so stay tuned!

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