2009 La Corte Moscato d'Asti "Preludio" (Previously $11.99)

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Moscato d'Asti was made in these parts since the 13th century. This one, from the best area for the grape, Canelli, is straw yellow in color with aromas of white peaches and flowers and a palate that is lightly sweet, delicate and with a truly lovely natural effervesence.

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By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/3/2010  | Send Email
This wine will titillate the senses, superbly fresh, elegant mousse (Crisp with little bubbles), the color is an intense straw yellow, and apricots and honeysuckle mingle on the palate with a little effervescence, that dances on the tongue. This wine is usually partnered with dessert, particularly with the classic panettone or with dry pastries, I think this a winederful aperitif at 5% alc you can give your guest a big glass and enjoy on a warm fall evening.

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/15/2010  | Send Email
Who doesn't love Moscato d'Asti? I'm certainly a huge fan. It's low alcohol (about 5%; less than a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale) means it can be enjoyed anytime of the day. In fact, when you arrive at a winery in Piemonte at 9 am to taste numerous red wines, you may be given a small glass of Moscato d'Asti beforehand to wake up your palate. Not that I advocate drinking this with breakfast (as I've said before, I prefer Guinness or Prosecco with my eggs and bacon, although I could see this wine killing it with Captain Crunch sans milk). Anyway, La Corte "Preludio" is everything you'd want in a Moscato d'Asti; peaches, cream, some super ripe pear and a hint of jasmine all on a zesty, lip smacking frame. Highly recommended. CM

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/10/2010  | Send Email
I normally don’t include sweet wines in my reviews, mainly because really good dessert wines are, by the nature of the beast, incredibly expensive. But when Greg and Mike returned from a recent buying trip to Italy and announced that one of our new direct import producers made some of the finest, freshest Moscatos that we have ever offered, I couldn’t resist. The 2009 La Corte “Preludio” Moscato d’Asti is a classic, with a bright, perfumed nose and fresh, clean white peach and honeydew melon flavors enhanced by natural effervescence and lovely freshness. This incredible Gem is our house dessert or afternoon quaffer for the month, according to Eby. 5% ABV.

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Piedmont

- 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.