Before the holidays, we took a look at the Citrus offering from Cool Cat Wine Spritzers, and now we’re back with the other half of the lineup, Original. Like I mused previously, the name is rather, uh, unoriginal, but I’m hard pressed to come up with a better one given the mix of mint, lime, and elderflower natural flavors in this can. Maybe Elder-mojito? Anyway, as with Citrus, Original is a naturally flavored spritzer created from a base of California-grown Pinot Grigio and cane sugar. It’s gluten free, has 150 calories per 12 ounce can, and both flavors clock in at 6.9% abv. Without further ado, let’s see how this thing tastes.
There’s some limeade on the nose and a bit of elderflower, but just like the Citrus, the aroma leans more toward the Pinot Grigio base. It’s pleasant, if a little green, and not nearly as sweet as the Citrus. Original is fairly wine-forward on the palate, with a dry, grape-heavy profile. The tartness this time comes from a distinct lime note that isn’t quite complemented by the mint, which comes across bruised and soggy. The tartness hangs on as the wine notes build, making for an odd contrast in need of some sweetness. As for the elderflower, I’m not sure where it is in the mix. The finish is clean and crisp, if still a bit vegetal and lip puckering. Like the Citrus, it’s not as well-balanced as some other spritzers, but perhaps mixed in one of the cocktails suggested on the website will do the trick.
B / $16 per 4-pack of 12 oz cans / drinkcoolcat.com