Moscato, 2019. Solilu

Moscato, 2019. Solilu

Item #: S0521W2II
Vintage: 2019
Varietal: Moscato
Vineyard/Appellation: Asti, Italy
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Floral, Peach
Palate: Lovely Spritz
Finish: Refreshing
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2022/Light Appetizers/5% Alcohol by Volume

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Solilu is produced by Azienda Agricola Poggio which is run by the Matteo Family. Our selected Moscato comes from one of the greatest red wine producing area in the world, Piedmont in northern Italy. But as grand as its most famous wines (Barolo and Barbaresco) are, the Moscato, especially from the commune of Asti, are almost as legendary.

On paper, Moscato d'Asti sounds like a simple little wine. It has 5% alcohol and maybe 5% sugar, which adds a little sparkle to it, and makes it easy to drink. But when you're making it from low yield, 40-year-old vines the entire dynamic changes. It may be light, but it leaves a big impression.

That impression is the work of the grape, Muscat, the oldest grape on the planet. It was the first grape made into wine some 8,000 years ago and was very popular because it was a bit effervescent, a bit sweet, and since there was no refrigeration or airtight containers back then, it lasted longer than any other wine.

It's an amazing grape in that it can produce a big, bold, luscious dessert wine or this lighter, alluring selection that tickles and tantalizes. It's hard to imagine anyone drinking this wine without having a smile on their face.

The first thing you notice is the presence of a few bubbles. Not a lot, just enough to amuse. Then comes the musk and floral notes, followed by peach, apricot, and spiced apple. The finish is tart and clean, which can match almost any dish imaginable.