What We Say 2009 Moscato d'Asti DOCG
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Mission Codename: The great Frizzante
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Search for an exceptional Moscato d’Asti DOCG for our operatives
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Az. Viti. Tranchero Osvaldo
Wine Subject: 2009 Moscato d’Asti DOCG
Backgrounder: Moscato d’Asti DOCG represents the highest form of Moscato in Italy’s Piedmont and is in a class by itself in terms of refinement. Truly one of the Italy’s and the world’s great wines. Known for its effervescence that ranges from slight to more robust this wine is a delicious way to end a classic Italian meal. The range in effervescence is due to the timing of botting without dosage and while fermentation is still underway. Alcohol is significantly less than regular Moscato and ranges from 5.5% (as in this example) to about 8% and as a result it is sweeter and richer on the palate too. Regular Moscato ranges from &.5 to 10%. Moscato d’Asti also only represents a mere 3.5% of the total Moscato production in Italy.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Golden straw yellow with a fine frizzante that creates medium sized bubbles that rapidly form and rise through the wine. Slightly more pale along the edges and when swirled, this slightly more viscous wine leaves medium legs on the side of the glass.
Smell – Very aromatic with ripe and sweet apricot along with ripe citrus including a touch of lemon and orange. Orange blossom floral and honey notes also emerge.
Feel – Definitely frizzante, this semi-sparkling dessert wine has a lovely sweetness but with good body, this wine dances across the palate with vibrant food friendly acidity and a touch of minerality.
Taste – Ripe and fresh apricot and citrus fruit linger over this sweet wine shows great ripe apricot, Clementine, lemon and tangerine flavors that are surrounded by orange blossom, honey and complex citrus flowers.
Finish -Clean and long this wine’s effervescence lingers on the palate with its ripe citrus fruit. As the fruit fades a touch of spice and minerality lingers begging for another sip (ok to gulp if you must).
Conclusion – At The Wine Spies we generally don’t spend too much time on dessert wines, unless we find one that is particularly delicious as is the *2009 Tranchero Osvaldo Moscato d’Asti DOCG *. An inviting nose and extremely pleasant palate grace delicious ripe tree and citrus fruit. Clean and crisp with nice acidity this wine will also pair well at the beginning of a meal with ripe cheeses. Enjoy this wine young as its pleasant youthfulness is too delicious to keep in your cellar.
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Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The approximate location of the Asti in Italy’s Piedmont can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
Az. Viti. Tranchero Osvaldo
About This Wine:
Straw yellow in color with hints of green. The Tranchero Osvaldo Moscato d’Asti is intense on the nose with scents of honey, lemon, lime and orange blossoms dominating. The flavor is sweet. Best served at the end of a meal with fruit or dessert but due to its unique bouquet, one can also serve this Moscato as an aperitif.
About The Winery:
The Tranchero Osvaldo winery is located in Mango, the heart of the best Moscato production. Mango is in Piemonte, about 12 miles from Alba (the capitol of Langhe) and 30 minutes from Asti. The vineyards are grown with great care, combining tradition and technology in order to produce a high quality wine. Moscato grapes are carefully selected with the goal of producing an elegant and sincere wine.
Appelation: Moscato d’Asti DOCG
Varietals: 100% Moscato
Alcohol: 5.5% alcohol by volume.
Vineyard: Sori del Robaldo vineyard in Mango.