Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Asti Sweeties For The Summer Porch
Tropical's wines are made with Moscato grapes grown in vineyards that sit some 200-300 feet up in the hills of Santo Stefano Belbo in Piedmont. The sparkling effect comes from the charmat method, in which the second fermentation happens in the tank. Then comes the blending with real fruit.
The mango variety of Tropical Moscato is made from 88% Moscato grapes, 10% mango pulp and 2% passion fruit pulp, while the passion fruit is 95% grapes. There is now also a strawberry version, which I did not sample.
Both are sweet and fruity on the nose, with a strong floral sense. They're sweet on the palate, too, and low in alcohol at just 5.5% abv. The passion fruit bottle shows a nose that's a bit earthier. Honestly, I knew which was which and I couldn’t really tell the difference. Both are sweet and simple and don't require much in the way of thought. I'm guessing they'll be best served quite chilled, outdoors, on a hot summer day. They will probably make a good base for a summery cocktail or two, with some gin or vodka in the mix.
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