Michele Chiarlo Nivole, Moscato d'Asti DOCG, Italy, 2021
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This is a top performing wine and will roll from the 2021 into the 2022 vintage. This wine is very consistent and we have carried the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and now the 2021. Fans for life.
Overview of the Wine
"The Moscato is the best dessert wine in the world… and Nivole is constantly the best”.
-Michael Broadbent, Director of Christie’s and Master of Wine’s President)
Tradition and discipline. Lightness and passion. Care for the landscape, art and community. Sustainability and experimentation. With a pop art stroke and a carefree touch.
Since 1956, Michele Chiarlo has been vinifying the essence of Piedmont, loving and developing the most incredible wine region in the world. We grow 110 hectares of vineyards between Langhe, Monferrato and Gavi, the finest crus while fully respecting the ecological criteria, the terroir and their expression.
Grape / Blend
Winemaker's Tasting Notes:
Snow has finally fallen.The earlier part of the year has seen rain and snow, which piled up to a height of 60cm among the vineyards of Langhe. March has not experienced rain and temperatures have always settled above average, prompting an early start of vegetation. Such conditions led us to expect another early and hot vintage, but we would be proven wrong. In the beginning of April, temperatures dropped below zero for two nights, causing damage to several buds in the mid and high hills, especially in Monferrato. Around 30% of grape production has been affected.
In mid-May, the vintage seemed to be a late one: the vines were growing slowly, temperatures were quite low during the night and the wind was always cold.
In the first week of June all the varieties were in full bloom, with some Nebbiolo and Barbera grapes already set.The last two weeks have been hot, registering average temperatures and experiencing thunderstorms that brought 20-30 mm of rain.
This marked the beginning of a long, hot (but not torrid ) and dry summer that lasted until September, which has been characterized by mild temperatures during the day.
The last two weeks of August were dedicated to the thinning of the most lush vineyards. Harvest was carried out during the usual period, yielding healthy and outstandingly ripe grapes. Usual harvesting period was observed for each grape variety, beginning with Moscato on September 6.The harvested grapes were healthy, characterized by balance between high sugar content and excellent acidity, as well as the abundance of terpenic aromas (white flowers, white peach, musk, sage). A creamy and persistent drink revealing a pleasant finish that leaves the mouth fresh and clean.
91 Points - Decanter
Product size: 750ml