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2011 Yellow Tail Moscato Review

Happy Hour: 2011 Yellow Tail Moscato

What would you say is the fastest-growing grape in the country? If you guessed Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, or any of the other usual suspects, you're wrong. The answer's muscat, the sweetly fragranced grape that's often the bane of any drinker who's sworn off sweet wines.

That's right: according to AC Nielsen, muscat is the fastest-growing grape variety in the United States, and even global brands like Yellow Tail have caught on. The Australian wine company's newest label is its 2011 Moscato. As a longtime moscato d'asti lover, but a recent critter wine skeptic, I wasn't sure what to expect. The results were pleasantly surprising.

The wine, while relatively straightforward, managed to be incredibly peachy and floral without tasting soapy, then had a nice level of acidity and a small amount of effervescence to balance out the body and sweetness. "It'd be wonderful with sorbet," one taster commented. I instantly envisioned serving it in a Champagne coupe with a just-frozen-enough scoop of pear sorbet on top. For $6.99, you can't find a better value in this category. Muscat lovers: what's your favorite moscato frizzante?

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JAlumni3463416 JAlumni3463416 4 years
I have never been able to drink wine and enjoy it because I get so dehydrated. After drinking a glass of wine, I would immediately get a big glass of ice cold water to drink. I would be like a flower that immediately springs back to life after being watered. One day, I was at a wine and spirit store to get rum for a cake and I thought I’d try one of the, what I call, “soda pop drink” like the Arbor Mists. I by mistake put a bottle of something in my basket. When I got home, I noticed that that something was Yellowtail Moscato. I didn’t want to take the time to drive back to the wine store to exchange the wine, so I chilled the Moscato. One evening, I came home from a difficult day and I opened the bottle of Moscato and Oh My Gosh what a wonderful fizzy surprise. From that evening on, Yellowtail Moscato has been my favorite Moscato. It does not dehydrate me and it goes with everything. I drink  it with dishes from fish to the plain old hamburger…..oh forget the uppity norms, just enjoy it with everything.  FANTASTIC!!!
Atiyah Atiyah 5 years
This is my wine for the summer, I love the fizzy moscatos.
xxstardust xxstardust 5 years
I really, really love moscato; I actually quite like the barefoot brand. Very inexpensive (9.99 for the large bottle? Heck yes!) and quite drinkable. It's a great dessert wine and does really well paired with a dessert that's sweet and salty, like sea salt caramels. I've never had a *bubbly* moscato, before, though ... I think I'll be picking a bottle up tonight to celebrate the end of my first two summer classes!
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
I might give this a try.
shenanyginz shenanyginz 5 years
I love mascato. I found a sweet tasting bubbling mascato in a blue bottle for $10.99. But I will be giving this a taste as well
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