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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

Moscato d'Asti - What's your take?

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Dec 5, 2011.

Just back from a 4 day visit to Italy, the centerpiece of which was several discussions in Asti regarding the recent explosion of interest concerning moscato and how Moscato d'Asti might stay ahead of the curve there. I was actually very surprised to learn that some 83% of Moscato sold in the US is not Italian! Lots of domestic stuff floating around, some of which i've tasted and thought to be syruppy and heavy with cooked fruit flavors as opposed to the fresh, more aromatic and elegant Moscato d'Asti.

So, anybody have any interesting thoughts on the wine?

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Reply by Texas Sunshine, Dec 5, 2011.

Your opinion on the Fratelli Moscato d'Asti?

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Reply by dmcker, Dec 5, 2011.

Might be interesting for an article, or even GTI, to compare moscatos from Italy, Greece, the States, other parts of Europe, and anywhere else....

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Reply by shawkes, Dec 8, 2011.

I have noticed that Moscato has had a recent explosion and is very popular.  I find it to be very popular among beginning wine drinkers. Domestic moscato makers are really capitalizing on the popularity too. Moscato has its place in the wine world, but some are just plain wearing it out.  I guess the wine makers have found a way to satisfy non wine drinkers who would not normally even drink wine. Great way to increase your market share.

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Reply by MarcOps, Dec 8, 2011.

I love Moscato d'asti and agree that a lot of domestics come off as syrupy and overly sweet. It's like American chocolate vs. Belgian chocolate, there are sweetness assumptions made about the cultural palette that ultimately removes the new variation of the original product to the point where it's almost unrecognizable. Whenever I see an Italian Moscato I try to pick it up and share it with friends, as it's delicious and surprisingly unknown. That said, the corks drive me insane--I broke my wine opener the first time I tried to pop a bottle of Moscato open.

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Reply by Giacomo Pevere, Dec 8, 2011.

Moscato have one big name in Italy and is Saracco! His Moscato d'Autunno is something special, there's a lot of other good producers but no one else is able to express at high levels every year as he did. I usually buy it to pair with cream desserts, fine, aromatic, perfect fit!

We are close to Christmas, I think Moscato is a good wine to pair with some italian Christmas cakes like "Panettone" and "Pandoro".

@MarcOps.. u have buyed sparkling Moscato? In italy we have both, sparkling with classic "champagne" cork, and "frizzante" (i don't know how translate that word, is sparkling but a much less C02, few bubbles ...) with classic still wine cork.


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Reply by MarcOps, Dec 8, 2011.

@giacobbepavese: I like sparkling Moscato a lot, and frizzante sounds like something I'd really like to try! Every time I try a non-sparkling Moscato I wind up wishing I was drinking a Spatlese Riesling instead, it's something about the kind of sweetness. But it's been a while, so I should give it another shot. Somehow the bubbles change the wine enough for me enough that I go from not really caring for it to really enjoying it. 

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Dec 9, 2011.

Moscato and panettone, pondoro is too boring for me!

I'll be reviewing a few Moscato's soon, and tried several reveral recently while in Italy. Lovely wine. One has even aged, from 2003, and it showed surprsingly well with really complexity from age yet a lovely freshness of fruit, even from a hot vintage like 2003.

I think we're going to be hearing more about Moscato and Moscato d'Asti in the near future!

 

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Reply by Giacomo Pevere, Dec 9, 2011.

Is not exactly the Moscato u are talking about but, have u ever tasted Moscato Rosa from Trentino Alto Adige? Franz Haas maybe?

I have paired it with red fruits desserts... Lovely!

 

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Reply by luca chevalier, Dec 10, 2011.

to giacobbepavese...do not forghet La Caudrina (Romano Dogliotti) also great wines, and do not forghet how Moscato Bianco is used for very interesting dry wines like Muscat de Chambave.....

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Reply by rolifingers, Dec 12, 2011.

Moscato d'Asti, I love it with fruit based desserts.


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