One of the noblest of wines, Moscato is also one of Piedmont’s most ancient grape varieties.
It was already being cultivated in 1297 in Canelli, where many documents mention
the Muscatellum Vinum, even though it is only in the late 16th century that a document
contains an absolutely certain reference to the grape: a letter sent on April 2, 1593, by
the magistrate of Casale Monferrato to the commune of Santo Stefano Belbo refers to a
shipment of Moscato rootlings being sent to the Duke of Mantua, who was at that time
Marquis of Monferrato. The origin of the name remains controverted; the most reliable
tradition, in our opinion, sees it derived from the word “muschio,” or musk, attesting to
its distinctive aroma.
TYPOLOGY. Dessert wine.
GRAPES. 100% Moscato bianco.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The hardy nature of the vine and the unusual exposure of its berries to the sun allow the grapes to preserve, after a careful, cool-temperature fermentation, their classic gold-straw hue and “musky” fragrance, so delicious and long-lingering. Moscato’s sweet, delicate taste, redolent of apple and pear, along with its pleasant acidity, create a unique, unmistakable wine.
ORGANOLEPTIC DATA. Shimmering straw yellow with pale greenish highlights. A delicate mousse produces a very leisurely bead of pin-point bubbles. The ultra-fragrant bouquet presents luscious fruit and blossoms.
Its moderate alcohol and judicious acidity complement lightly sweet flavours and a lovely crispness, and the Muscat grape produces its classic smooth feel and musky impressions. A long-lingering, aromatic finish concludes the wine.
GASTRONOMIC MATCH. Serve cool, with dessert, with various kinds of petits fours, or as a refreshing wines at any moment of the day. Its low alcohol makes it a wonderful wine for a festive toast by everyone
at the table.