Dessert, Sherry & Port    Piedmont    Italy   
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Coppo Moncalvina Moscato d'Asti 2006
Coppo Moncalvina Moscato d'Asti 2006
(search item no. 90618)

PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant yellow color with some green highlights. The nose is refreshing and delicate with scents of peach, pear and the characteristic fragrance of Moscato. An elegant, slightly sweet, sparkling wine. Excellent on its own or with panettone (a typical Italian Christmas cake) and other light pastries.
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About Coppo:

Piero Coppo founded the winery in 1892 in the town of Canelli, in Piedmont, establishing himself as a top producer of Moscato. Piero was succeeded by his son Luigi, who expanded the company to include other classic still and sparkling wines from Piedmont, made with the native varietals of the area. Luigi also provided his winery with the facilities and equipments needed to compete in the difficult, but growing, post-war market. Today, Piero's four grandsons manage the company, successfully integrating new styles with traditional viticulture.

Just after the loss of their father Luigi in 1984, the brothers decided to focus on Barbera, releasing their own interpretation of this local grape. The prestigious Pomorosso was born, emerging as the model of the "Modern Style" Barbera, aged in oak and with unmistakable personality. Barbera, a truly native varietal, soon became the pride of the entire region.

The four brothers Piero, Gianni, Paolo and Roberto have set an ambitious goal: to resurrect the traditional red varietals from the Asti region, and to produce serious white wines with aging potential. This is a new generation of winegrowers with a new way of viewing agriculture. Although they are considered to be "Barbera specialists", they also produce an outstanding Moscato d'Asti and an excellent Gavi.



White Wines    Muscat    Piedmont    Italy   
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Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2007
Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2007
(search item no. 93788)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Moscato d'Asti is a unique wine where the beautiful aromas of the grapes are enhanced by a crisp, nice acidity, a light fizziness 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.

90 Points

"The 2007 Moscato d'Asti offers an exciting array of lime peel, pears, green apples, flowers and minerals in a focused, incredibly pure style. The wine possesses gorgeous length and phenomenal balance. This is what top-flight Moscato is all about. Anticipated maturity: 2008."
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About Saracco:

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.



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Central Coast    California   
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Estancia Zinfandel Paso Robles 2004
Estancia Zinfandel Paso Robles 2004
(search item no. 87892)

PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $12.49

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine displays a deep scarlet red hue in the glass. Beautiful aromas of ripe cranberry/boysenberry with dark chocolate, nutmeg, cedar shavings and vanilla. A full flavored Zinfandel that will pair nicely with food. Delicious flavors of licorice and cinnamon are accented with bright flavors of raspberry and cherry. Hints of creamy vanilla and spice fill mouth for a long smooth finish.
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About Estancia:

Estancia, based in Monterey, was founded in 1986. The name Estancia is roughly translated from the Spanish word for "estate," and emphasizes our conviction that the world's best wines capture the essence of their place of origin. At Estancia we control the process from the start—from the trials in our experimental vineyard blocks, to planting, harvesting, fermenting and aging the wines. We've built a winery that allows us to devote the same attention to detail in winemaking that we give to our grapes. We use open-top fermenters and small basket presses for our Pinot Noir and new red-wine fermentation tanks that are fit for the diverse blocks in our Paso Robles vineyards. It is this hands-on crafting of the wines, from grapes to bottle, that result in our superior wine quality.