Rizzi Moscato D'Asti Muscat, Piedmont, Italy, 2017

Rizzi Moscato D'Asti Muscat, Piedmont, Italy, 2017 - Merchant of Wine

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Overview of the Wine

Nestled at the very top of the impressively steep, vine-clad hills of the Treiso zone of Barbaresco, the winery’s vineyards were planted as early as the 1960’s in the white marl, calcareous soil typical of this area. An impressive selection of cru Barbaresci is punctuated by the spectacular Vigna Boito located at the peak of the Rizzi cru. The estate is managed entirely by the Dellapiana family with son Enrico as winemaker and viticulturist. Rizzi Winery participates in “The Green Experience” project which mandates guidelines for environmentally sustainable production.

Harvest: the grapes are handpicked usually between the first and the second week of September.
Pressing: After the harvest, the grapes are gently pressed and the juice is immediately chilled. The juice is kept in cold storage (0 ° C) until the start of the fermentation.
Fermentation: involves heating the juice from 0° to 18°C, the addition of selected yeasts and the conduction of the temperature-controlled fermentation ranged from 18° to 20°C. When the wine-must come to 4.5 to 5.5 degrees of alcohol, it stops the fermentation by refrigeration at -3 ° C, it’s filtered and it’s bottled after a further sterile microfiltration.
Alcohol content: 5%,
Residual natural sugar: about 120-130 g/l

Grape / Blend

Moscato

Origin

Appellations: Treiso, Neive, Neviglie
Piedmont, Italy

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

This sweet white is the dessert wine par excellence. Straw-yellow of varying intensity depending on the vintage, it has an intensely fruity nose which is aromatic and very persistent. The sweet flavor is beautifully balanced with the low alcohol (5% vol.) and the acidity, which – though never high – gives the product an appealing freshness.

91 Points - Vinous
Luminous straw-green. Fresh aromas of ripe apricot, pear, green apple and vanilla. Rich, dense and juicy, displaying a multilayered quality to the clean, penetrating flavors of sweet spices and ripe citrus fruit. Closes long and clean, with mineral elements adding complexity. The grapes grow in vineyards in Treiso and Neviglie ranging from 230 to 430 meters above sea level, and not by chance, this sparkler often showcases cooler-climate notes of fresh citrus rather than riper fruit notes typical of other Moscato d’Asti wines made in warmer areas. - Ian D'Agata, December, 2018

Product size: 750ml

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