Moscato, NV. Lagarde

Moscato, NV. Lagarde

Item #: S0821W1IA
Vintage: NV
Varietal: Moscato
Vineyard/Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Apricot
Palate: Lovely White Grape
Finish: Lime Zest
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2022/Desserts, Salads/7.2% Alcohol by Volume

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Lagarde is one of the oldest wineries in Argentina's Mendoza district with plantings dating back to 1897. It was run by the Lagarde family until sold to the Pescarmona family in 1969 with the understanding that they would continue in the fashion under which it was created. Currently, it is run by the third-generation sisters, Sofia and Lucila Pescarmona.

What is most amazing about this selection is that it perfectly resembles a classic Moscato d'Asti from Italy's Piedmont in spite of the fact that it is some 6,000 miles away. The Lagarde family thought the climate and soil was an exact duplicate of their ancestors' home in Piedmont and very successfully convinced everyone else with their outstanding Moscato's. Sofia and Lucila have honored that tradition, as the Lagarde's were the first to plant Moscato in Argentina. They practiced for generations to achieve the low alcohol and sugar combination while still retaining the pure essence of the grape and its engaging effervescence described as "frizzante." The Pescarmona's introduced water conservation and waste management to the estate and are passionately edging toward becoming completely organic by using organic waste as compost.

Lagarde Moscato delivers everything it promises. From the faint whisper in the nose of jasmine and apricot to mouth filling fresh cut flower musk to the enveloping citrus finish, it pleases at every turn. It can literally complement anything from almond cookies to a tuna salad, fresh albacore or a peaceful respite with nothing but this beauty in your glass.

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