Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2009
Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Moscato D'Asti is a unique wine where the beautiful aromas of the grapes are enhanced by a crisp, nice acidity, a light frizziness and the sweetness of the natural, residual sugar. The low alcohol content makes it a very easy, pleasant wine, perfect to finish a meal with dessert or alone, as a nice, mid-day break.
The Wine Advocate - "Saracco's 2009 Moscato d'Asti is like cashmere on the palate in its impossibly fine mousse. Beautifully articulated varietal aromas and flavors come together, showing exceptional elegance and pedigree. "
The Saracco winery is located in the picturesque village of Castiglione Tinella. Located in the heart of the Piedmont Region called the Langhe, which is famous for great wine and incredible cuisine. For four generations the Saracco family has been dedicated to growing the best Moscato d' Asti in the region.
Grapes were first cultivated in the hills surrounding Castiglione Tinella in the 1600s. Throughout history many different grape varieties were planted but Moscato d' Asti proved to be the perfect grape for this appellation. Luigi Saracco, the great grandfather of Paolo, began growing Moscato grapes in the early 1900s. With each generation the legacy and commitment to quality continues.
Paolo Saracco grew up in the vineyards and, even at an early age, had a desire to make a wine with the family name. Upon completion of his enological studies, Paolo began experimenting not only with new winemaking techniques, but also a more modern vineyard management style. The result has been consistent acclaim from the press, and more importantly, his loyal customers. View all Saracco Wines
About PiedmontView a map of Piedmont wineries (PEED-mont)
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4.54.4 out of 5 stars
7 ratings, 5 with reviews511/6/2010Great wine after dinner or just to a have drink whenever!! Love this wine!!!!ANTOINETTE VANMETER - Charleston, WV51/2/2011My friends gave me a glass at a Christmas party and just one sip and I fell in love with Saracco white wine. It's sweet and has a delicious taste. I went out the next day and bought a bottle for our Christmas Dinner.DENISE WARREN - Des Plaines, IL510/14/2010I like sweet crisp flavor of this wine. It's perfect for an after dinner wine.mccubcakes - Woodside, NY41/9/201152/17/2011I bought this for Valentines Day as my husband loves a little sweeter wine. (Immature pallette..lol) To my surprise, I loved it as much as he did. It was refreshing and sweet, but not too sweet and just as surprising, went ok with fillet mignon, which I prefer with a red. All in all, a great wine that I would buy again. In fact, I just ordered 4 bottles and cannot wait to get them.Aisha Wilson - Charlotte, NC51/6/2011I have tried other brands such as Barefoot, Sutterhomes etc... Once I tasted Saracco Moscato (at the recommendation of my son's god-parenets) it made the Barefoot and Sutterhomes brands taste like LOBSTER WATER....LOL I will NEVER drink those brands again, unless I'm at someones house or function and they don't have the real stuff....LOL I recommend this brand to EVERYONE who I know or who tells me that they drink wine.