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Moscato Giallo, 2015. Maeli

Moscato Giallo, 2015. Maeli

Item #: S1219W1II
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Moscato Giallo
Vineyard/Appellation: Colli Euganei D.O.C.G., Italy
Color: Pinkish Tinge
Nose: Orange Blossom
Palate: Lovely Sparkle
Finish: Very Refreshing
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Cookies, Fruit/6.0% Alcohol by Volume

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Funny thing about grapes: some of them can have similar names, but taste very different. Like our sister sweet selection, Terre d'Oro's, Maeli is also made from Muscat. But in this case, the grape is a very different one.

Maeli is made from the Yellow Muscat, the name comes from its orange blossoms flavor, ergo the name Fior D'Arancio. The estate, owned by Gianluca and Desiderio Bisol, is in the Colli Euganei region in northeastern Italy. It is part of the Veneto appellation and designated as D.O.C.G., the highest position there is in Italy.

As Moscato go in Italy, this one is as rare as it gets. First of all, it's made from the Yellow Muscat, a very highly prized member of the Muscat family. It's being made in a sparkling wine is even rarer, but also more inviting. The Yellow Muscat grape is considered to be the oldest member of the Muscat family. It was first known to be made into wine more than 7,000 years ago.

Its effervescence belies the 11% sugar level. Since the bubbles prevent all the wine hitting your palate at the same time, you're not getting the full impact of the flavor. But who can argue with those lovely little kisses on your tongue?

The orange flavor here is unmistakable and engaging at every turn. And turn it does. It's like millions of little orange blossoms bursting on your tongue.

The 6% alcohol further lightens the load and leaves the impression of delicacy as well as an invitation to enjoy more.

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