2007 Saracco Moscato d'Asti

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"What's so compelling about Moscato d'Asti? It's a slightly sweet, fizzy white wine with low alcohol (typically only 6 percent, which is less than half that of a regular table wine) and a captivating taste and scent. Made entirely from the moscato bianco grape variety, it comes from the Asti zone in Italy's Piedmont region. An artisanal wine originally made by small winegrowers for consumption by family and friends, Moscato d'Asti has since acquired a devoted following from lovers of Italian wines worldwide. It is the ideal summer sipper because its complex, intense scents of peaches and honeysuckle are allied to a surprising vibrant, refreshing acidity. That, along with the low alcohol, makes this really fine wine almost gulpable. Moscato d'Asti boasts numerous fine producers. But the finest, for me, is the district's greatest specialist, Paolo Saracco. In the 2007 vintage he created what, in my experience, is the finest Moscato d'Asti he has yet produced, with an unrivaled intensity, complexity and balance. If you've never tried Moscato d'Asti (try it with poundcake or, even better, chocolate truffles) you're in for a treat -- even a revelation." Matt Kramer Sunday, June 08, 2008 The Oregonian

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- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.