Monday, December 28, 2015

Modest Monday - Wines Under $10: Martini & Rossi Asti

Martini & Rossi Asti
Piedmont, Italy
www.martini.com

Every time I have a sip of the Martini & Rossi Asti, I can only think "Well, hello old friend." I know it's more or less verboden for a wine professional to like super cheap, super sweet wine, but it's like coming home for me. (This was my go-to wine in college.)

Unlike the frizantte Moscato d' Asti I reviewed a few months back, the Asti is fully sparkling (at 5+ atmospheres of pressure). This stylistic difference in the two categories makes the Asti, perhaps, a bit less delicate, but no less delicious.

Review: The Asti has a soft, pale straw color with boldly effervescent bubbles. The pronounced aromas of white flowers, peach and apricot jump from the glass. The palate is richly sweet, but with enough acidity and zippy bubbles to cut through. Flavors of ripe stone fruit and honey linger for just a moment, leaving you with a short, but fresh finish.

Food Pairing: A fun and festive libation! I remember ringing in the new year with a magnum of Martini & Rossi Asti, circa 2004!

Bottom Line: Fresh and sweet. And cheap! I got this at Wegmans for $8.99. Can't beat that for some sweet and fun bubbles.

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Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: Non Vintage
  • PLACE: Asti D.O.C.G. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita)
  • GRAPE: Muscat
  • BOOZE: 7.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now
  • www.martini.com

Where did I get it? Wegmans
What's the damage? Low Priced

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