Technically known as Muscat, it is actually more of a family of varieties than one single grape. Our Moscato Wine Guide provides an insight to the family of approximately 200 varietals within the Muscat umbrella, with Moscato being one of the most recognizable in the world. Across the board, young Moscato wines will have a grapey characteristic along with citrus blossom and peach flavors. Our Moscato Wine Reviews indicate that the Moscato wines can be made in a number of different styles. For example, Moscato d'Asti is a light and effervescent version of Moscato, made from the Moscato Bianco (Muscat Blanc á Petits Grains) grape which is primarily grown in the Piedmont region of northeastern Italy and holds DOCG status. Some Moscato will see barrel aging giving it a much darker color and bring about flavors of honey, raisins and toffee. It is the Moscato wines made in this style that are typically at the top of our Moscato Wine Ratings. Have a look through our Moscato Buying Guide below for more information on these versatile wines from around the globe.
This dessert wine has pushed itself to the front of the line of California sweeties, and the ’04 is a great bottling. It’s enormously sweet in late-harvest character, with apricot liqueur, pineapple tart and vanilla cream flavors that are brightened and boosted with cleansing acidity. So addictively delicious you just can’t help yourself.
With 21% residual sugar, this is an enormously sweet wine, one of the most honeyed of the vintage. A little sugar goes a long way, of course, but this wine also charms with rich, powerful apricot, peach and vanilla custard flavors, perfectly balanced with crisp acidity. With consistently high scores over the years, Tears of Dew has taken a place in the front ranks…
This is an extraordinary, golden dessert wine with intense and penetrating notes of honey, marron glacé, dried apricot, marzipan, candied lemon, dried mint and jasmine. It’s smooth, rich and long lasting in the mouth. The wine has personality and power and boasts magnetic appeal across the board.
Seductively delicious, an unctuously thick wine that opens with decadent aromas of apricot jam, sweet fig, tangerine, vanilla and meringue. Feels oily-rich on the palate, with sweet flavors and crisp acids and a clean, honeyed finish.
A very impressive and sensual late-harvest wine from Piedmont that delivers an incredible complexity of aromas including roasted honey, apricot honey and maple syrup. But what really delighted and surprised me was its sudden burst of fresh flowers—like walking into a florists’ shop. With a beautiful polished copper color and a dense and concentrated finish.
Gorgeous and syrupy, this Passito dessert wine made with aromatic Moscato grapes is beautifully fragrant with ripe apricot, honey, peach and white almond. It’s smooth, soft, rich and leaves a long candied fruit aftertaste.
Oozing richness and opulence, the bouquet delivers a steady stream of honey, flower and apricot aromas. On the palate, this is silky and creamy, save for a tingling touch of acidity that keeps the palate refreshed.
Tears of Dew has established itself as one of the leading white dessert wines in California, and the ’05 is nobly in that tradition, although it’s not quite up to the astonishing opulence of ’04. Very sweet and well acidified, it has delicious apricot liqueur, orange marmalade and vanilla cream flavors and a long, complex finish. Just gorgeous.