"Rinaldi Moscato d’Asti – Sweet, Smooth and Sensational Dessert in a bottle! A Bulk Buy rating on a lovely, low-alcohol sweet wine, the Rinaldi Moscato d’Asti.
The 2016 Rinaldi Moscato d’Asti opens with sweet and succulent aromas of orange rind, honeysuckle, peach and a little baking spice. Tasting the wine reveals fresh, candied, honeyed and sweet citrus fruit flavors. A sweet, smooth, substantial and lively mouthfeel adds a level of elegance and a touch effervescence and good acidity helps take the edge off all the sweetness. This is dessert in a bottle! It ends with a crisp, sweet and long finish.
Interestingly, this wine used to be named “Bug Juice” (you can still see the bugs on the label). I’m assuming this was because of the sweetness, but this bottle offers a lot more than just some sugar! Plus the low alcohol makes it a refreshing treat almost anytime." - Reverse Wine Snob (November 2018)
"Bright pale light silvery emerald color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of peach soda, apple sauce, and pear skin with an even, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length orange sherbet, honeyed apricots, and chalk finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak. A light and lively Moscato d'Asti."
- Beverage Testing Institute (December 14th 2015), 92 pts WORLD WINE CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARD: Gold Medal
"Each year, one of the finest Moscatos comes from Rinaldi, and the fabulous label and hilarious reference to "bug juice" only adds to the fun. This light-bodied, low alcohol (4-5%) Moscato is bursting with notes of honeysuckle, lychee nuts, peaches, mangoes and spring flowers. The intoxicatingly intense aromatics are followed by a wine with some residual sugar, although that component is well-balanced by the wine's acidity and freshness. These Moscatos are best drunk in their first 6-9 months of life, so drink this Bug Juice up immediately. " - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 92 pts
"Made from 100% Moscato d'Asti, and incredibly packaged with a fabulous label, the 2011 Rinaldi Moscato d'Asti "Bug Juice" is pure spring flowers, fresh pineapple, honeysuckle, peach and apricot, which all soar from the glass. With about 5% alcohol, it is a gloriously fresh Moscato fruit-bomb. Drink it over the next year. The good news is that there are about 5,000 cases of it imported to the United States, and importer Fran Kysela says that his favorite accompaniment to this wine is a big wedge of Gorgonzola cheese." - Wine Advocate (Issue 201, June 2012), 91 pts