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Landshut Riesecco Sparkling Wine (Aldi)

This should come as a surprise to no one who knows me, but I do not have a refined palate when it comes to anything, but especially alcohol.  My taste definitely skewers toward the sweet side–as in, the sweeter the better.  This is why I still refuse to drink beer (and on a non-alcoholic note, coffee), and instead go for anything with tropical fruits, umbrellas, and sweet and sour mix.

Wine is typically not my thing, but my wife also enjoys a sweet wine every now and again (her favorite kind is Moscato), and I’ve been known to have a glass with her, though usually it’s only when no other alcohol is present in the house and I’m too lazy to leave the house to get some.  Moscato is definitely something that’s down my alley, but I also tried a Riesling a while ago and really enjoyed it.

Well lo and behold, we noticed Aldi was offering a Riesecco in a recent ad.  Of course, this is a combination of Prosecco and Riesling, which is something I figured I’d probably like.  I only know of Prosecco as one of the main ingredients in peach Bellini’s, which are absolutely delicious.  I’m pretty sure Prosecco is dryer than something I would usually try, and a quick scan of the label showed that it was only halfway up on the sweetness scale…normally, I’m going to need something that’s at least three-quarters of the way up. (On a side note, I absolutely love Aldi’s wine labels, as they specifically tell you everything you need to know about the wine inside, from level of sweetness, to style, to serving suggestions, making it really easy for clueless wannabe winos like us to tell if we might like something that we wouldn’t normally try.)  But my wife really wanted to give it a try, so I decided that I could probably give it a shot.

I’m not even going to pretend I can tell all, or really ANY, of the notes in anything I smell, so I won’t even bother trying to describe the scent to you, other than the fact it smells surprisingly sweeter than something only halfway up the scale.  Tastewise, though, the label proves to be right.  This is definitely a dryer wine, though there definitely is a noticeable sweetness that takes some of the edge off.  Again, the label declares there are flavors of pear, grapefruit, and green apple.  I would never have picked those out if this information had not been provided to me, but now that they mention it, I can definitely pick out the green apple.  The other ones, not so sure.

Anyway, this isn’t really something I could drink all the time, but if you like your wine with a little hint of sweetness and an almost full-bodied flavor, then you will more than likely dig this.

Overall: 6.5/10.  Again, this isn’t really my cup of tea, but I enjoyed this wine a little more than I thought I would.  I don’t normally go for wines this dry, and mainly only got it because the wife wanted to try it, and I ended up liking it more than she did.  Smells a lot sweeter than it is, but really enjoyed the “sparkling” aspect.  Definitely not something I would get all the time, but certainly not bad.  Keep in mind my tastes skewer toward the sweet, so add additional points if your palate favors the dry.  Would definitely make a delicious Bellini, though.

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