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Moscati D'asti

Captain Nov 13, 2006 01:01 AM

Recently, we ordered a 375 ml bottle after dinner for a dessert wine. Unlike many dessert wines, it was sweet without being thick or slightly syrupy. Once uncorked and poured, it was somewhat effervescent, bubbles, but not a continuous streem of bubbles. Any way, as someone who rarely drinks white wine, the stuff was good, and I thought it was light enough to drink with some food other than just dessert.

Can any recommend some good producers?


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    zin1953 Nov 13, 2006 01:11 AM

    The key to Moscato d'Asti is youth. It's low in alcohol, slightly spritzy/frizzante (unlike Asti Spumante, which is full-blown sparkling), and works with a Sunday brunch or as a summer's aperitif (though I prefer Vin de Bougey-Cerdon) in addition to some desserts.

    Look for the following:
    • Ceretto
    • Michele Chiarlo (Nivole Moscato)
    • Contratto
    • Giacinto Gallina (Farfarello Moscato)
    • Mondoro
    • Saracco (Moscato)
    • La Spinetta (Moscato)

    Hope that helps . . .

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    1. re: zin1953
      Cheese Boy Nov 18, 2006 02:40 PM

      ' 03 and ' 04 Mondoro was incredible. Last year I was a bit underwhelmed.

      --->> http://www.top100wines.com/wines/showoneitem.asp?ItemID=1463&Year=2007&section=top100

      --->> http://www.vino-online.ru/image/catal...

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      Ali Nov 13, 2006 01:53 AM

      I've had extremely good experiences with the Beri moscato d'asti - haven't ever been able to acquire a bottle to drink at home (always got it at a bar), though, so I wish you better luck.

      There was another one I tried recently that was also good. I believe the house was Pio Cesare (sp?). The nose was beautiful, full of ripe fruit.

      I recently bought a bottle of something called Moscato Ottonel - haven't tasted it - that you might also try looking for if you don't have as much luck with the moscato d'asti. The guy at Moore Bros said that the Ottonel would be a good bottle for someone who enjoys the fruity moscato d'asti kind of flavour.

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      1. re: Ali
        zin1953 Nov 13, 2006 08:07 PM

        Muscat Ottonel is one of the many varieties of Muscat, BUT is in no way reminiscent of a Moscato d'Asti . . .

        To begin with, Moscato d'Asti is a wine, not a grape -- it is produced from the grape best known by [one of] its French name[s], Muscat blanc a petits grains. The wine is very low in alcohol, generally between 5-8 percent, is lightly spritzy, etc., etc.

        Muscat blanc a petits grains (also known as Moscato di Canelli) is generally regarded as THE Muscat, meaning it is the most highly prized. Muscat of Alexandria is a poor relation, and Muscat of Hamburg is a cross between Schiava Grossa and Muscat of Alexandria.

        Muscat Ottonel is most associated with Central and Eastern Europe (Hungary, Bulgaria, etc.), and is rather "dull" in commparison. This doesn't mean the wine is bad, or that you won't like it -- merely that a great Muscat Ottonel generally won't stand up to a good Muscat blanc.

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        BN1 Nov 13, 2006 03:36 PM

        I recently posted about Moscato d'Asti I had enjoyed that I purchased in Alba, Italy. There are many producers in the Alba/Barbaresco area. Another poster pointed out that this wine from the Alba area is drier than from the actual Asti area. I found that very interesting as I would describe my favorites as fruity-dry, not as sweet. My family's current favorite is Conti d'Alba, which we get in Los Angeles. It's cheap and delicious and has impressed everyone to whom we have served it.

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          HeelsSoxHound Nov 13, 2006 11:26 PM

          la spinetta, imho, blows away most others that i've had by a long shot. a distant second is villa giada. both are explosively aromatic, beautifully balanced, and generally delicious.

          1. Pei Nov 14, 2006 07:45 PM

            If you enjoy muscato d'asti, give brachetto d'aqcui a try some time. It's pink and bubbly, but generally appeals to those who enjoy a good muscato d'asti. Personally I prefer the Brachetto because it has a little more body and deeper grape flavor, whereas muscato is a little sweeter.

            1. therealbigtasty Nov 16, 2006 06:40 AM

              I'm a fan. I work at a place where we pour a Moscato D'asti...

              It's delicious.

              1. potbelliedkiln Nov 16, 2006 06:47 AM

                So glad to see Muscats getting more popular in the US. I really enjoy them. Try one with a nice quiche too.

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                1. re: potbelliedkiln
                  Cheese Boy Nov 18, 2006 02:35 PM

                  Muscats and dessert wines will probably both become increasingly popular.
                  People don't know enough about them [yet].

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                  newJJD Nov 16, 2006 06:55 AM

                  I love the La Spinetta, and the Michele Chiarlo (haven't had it in years but recall it being good). I also like Banfi's and the one in bulbous bottle with light blue writing and a beer bottle cap closure (can't think of the name)

                  1. therealbigtasty Nov 16, 2006 06:59 AM

                    How do people feel about Lambrusco?

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                      Robert Lauriston Nov 19, 2006 05:33 PM

                      In Italy, Lambrusco's generally either dry or only slightly sweet, both can be delicious but they're not similar to moscato d'Asti. Some is imported to the U.S. but they're not very common.

                      The soft-drink-sweet Riunite was developed for export to the U.S. It's pretty gross.

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                        therealbigtasty Nov 20, 2006 08:20 PM

                        I like riunite! But I would prefer a nice, dry Lambrusco...

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                      Captain Nov 16, 2006 01:50 PM

                      Thanks for all the replies. I just bought a case of Saracco Moscato, for a party we are throwing. Of the producers menioned, it was one of the few available. Hopefully, it will be enjoyed. I will have to try some of the others too.

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                      1. re: Captain
                        wineguy7 Nov 18, 2006 10:27 PM

                        If you can find it try Piero Gatti next time.

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                        BN1 Nov 25, 2006 03:34 PM

                        It was our Thanksgiving dinner for a few friends and family and as usual we wanted to serve a little Moscato d’Asti before the meal. I went to the wine cellar (previously my daughter’s bedroom) to see what we had. I had on hand Conti d’Alba, La Spinetta and, in addition, Bracetto d’Aqcui. I didn’t know I had the last two as geezerhood has hit me hard. I’m still trying to figure out a description for the flavors of the Bracetto. The consensus was that the La Spinetta was a sweeter version. The Conti d’Alba was still the favorite, however, we enjoyed them all.

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