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2014 Bava Moscato d'Asti $12.99
Made from the Malvasia of Schierano, a black skinned Malvasia that is cold macerated on the skins for 2 days and then gently pressed to preserve its aromatics. The result is nothing short of marvelous, extraordinary aromatics likened to Dog Rose and because it has a bit of tannin from the skins the wine feels remarkably dry. I really think this is an exceptional accompaniment to spicy Asian beef dishes, the sweetness absorbs a bit of the shock from the spiciness and the tannic grip and aromatics go exceptionally well together.
Though the 2014 has yet to be professionally reviewed, the 2013 earned 91 points and praise from Antonio Galloni: "Cascina Ca' Rossa's 2013 Birbèt (Brachetto) is beautifully perfumed and aromatic, with plenty of spice, crushed rose petal and stone fruit overtones. A dash of mint and white flowers add freshness on the finish. I especially admire the purity of the flavors here." (05/2015)
Inventory: San Francisco
As the Bava Brothers like to say this is Moscato with an Altitude! Grown in south east facing limestone soils in the Alta Langa it is a classic representation of the floral vibrancy of Moscato full of floral and fruit character low in alcohol. Just a bit of fizzy bubbles, not fully sparkling. Moscato is the perfect intermezzo or afternoon refresher and a perfect post dinner dessert wine because it is so delicate and low alcohol. It is also an excellent match to spicy savory dishes not just a sweet wine!
95 points Wine Spectator: "Honey, caramel, sea salt, walnut and dried apricot aromas and flavors signal this intense, complex dessert wine. Lively and harmonious, with fine length and a lingering, nutty finish. (BS, Web—2015)" K&L Notes: Villa Pillo is situated in the heart of the Chianti region, equidistant from the famed cities of Pisa, Florence and Siena. The winery was purchased by John and Kathe Dyson in 1989, who restored the estate, refurbished the winery and replanted many of the vineyards. Their Vin Santo, however, is made from Trebbiano (80%) and Malvasia (20%) planted in 1968. The b... Read More »
Ca' del Baio is the labor of love of four generations of family producers. Today, Giulio Grasso, along with his wife Luciana and their three daughters manage the winery in Treiso and 25 hectares of estate vineyards. The Grasso family follows a hands-on winemaking philosophy, and vines young and old are tended to with passion and care by hand. They've been able to successfully integrate new technology into their traditional methods to produce wines today that showcase the unique terroir of their Langhe vineyards. The Moscato is a delightful straw-colored ... Read More »
Vinous: "Crushed flowers, mint, pine, spices and crushed raspberries lift from the glass in the 2013 Anthos, Correggia's still, dry Brachetto. In this vintage, the Anthos is especially light-bodied and ethereal. I would drink it slightly chilled as an aperitif. (AG)" (5/2015)
Luigi Giusti's Visciola is made in a centuries-old Marche tradition of making dessert wine with cherries. The production is actually quite complicated, as two varieties of cherries are processed separately with half of them being dried in the sun for 40 days. Grape wine from the current vintage is used as a base wine, but the fermented cherries are not pressed. Rather, a ripasso process is employed with some wine from the previous vintage. Sour cherries are then also utilized with residual sweetness retained. The resulting dessert wine has a potent sour ... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
From the winery: "Bright straw yellow, with fine persistent bubbles; intensely aromatic nose, with fruity hints of apricot and linden blossom; tastes sweet, light, with good acidity and a long, fresh finish. The sweet Italian wine par excellence, it is traditionally served with sweet breads (brioche and panettone), cream and Chantilly-based sweets, and fruit desserts. It can also make a fine match though for savoury snacks with preserved fish (anchovies, herring, mackerel), soft cheeses and cold meats."
Made with 100% Moscato Giallo, the grapes are picked early to ensure good acidity. The resulting dessert wine is made in the "passito" tradition, with the grapes put out to dry in order to dehydrate the grapes and concentrate the sugars. After approximately four months of drying, the grapes are then crushed, pressed and fermented for a minimum of one year in oak barrels.
Inventory: Redwood City