Sunday, August 23, 2015

Degiorgis Moscato d'Asti

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Degiorgis Moscato d'Asti 2014
Piedmont, Italy

Moscato. It's so very in vogue right now. But not all Moscato is created equal. At worst, it's insipid: crazy sweet, no brightness, one note, no redeeming qualities. At best, however, it's a refreshingly light and fluffy, like a little aromatic cloud of happiness. Generally speaking, Moscato d'Asti falls into the later category of delicious goodness.

The winemaking process for Moscato D'Asti is unique. Pressed juice is kept stable at low temperatures and only fermented immediately in advance of its bottling. The fermentation process takes place in a sealed vessel, where the carbon dioxide (the other fermentation byproduct, in addition to alcohol) is captured creating the bubbles in the wine. The fermentation is then halted at 5 to 6 percent alcohol, leaving a good bit of residual sugar. This process creates as wine that is frizzante (about 1-2 atmospheres of pressure), rather than a wine that is fully sparkling (5 or more atmospheres).

Review: This wine is so pretty! A pale lemon color with a soft mousse of tiny bubbles. It has fragrant notes of honeysuckle, green grapes, and ripe nectarines. On the palate it is quite sweet, but with a fresh, bright acidity. The flavors mirror the aromas of ripe stone fruit and honey. Super tasty, super easy drinking. 

Food Pairing: The perfect aperitif, or with semi sweet or savory deserts! I wouldn't say no to some stinky cheese.

Bottom Line: If you're in the mood for something light, fizzy, and fluffy, the Degiorgis is your wine. 

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Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2014
  • PLACE: Asti D.O.C.G. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita)
  • GRAPE: Muscat
  • BOOZE: 5.5%
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR: ~40 g/L
  • CELLAR: Drink now
  • www.degiorgis-sergio.com

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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