Centorri Moscato 2014
Centorri is produced by Eleanor Estate which was founded in the 1960's. The estate is owned and managed by women who are often referred to as "The Ladies of Moscato" - Three generations, Eleanora, Emiliana (mother) and Camilla (grandmother) both working in the vineyards and Eleanora Bragnero, for whom the winery is named, manages the estate and is the winemaker.
Located in Castiglione Tinella (Asti) in Piedmont, the estate was originally just vineyards and they sold grapes to local Asti Spumante producers. In 2003 the estate started producing Moscato d’Asti and eventually they expanded their vineyard holdings into Lombardia and began producing Moscato di Pavia.
Pavia known as the City of 100 Towers, was translate to the name the wine, Centorri, “Cento” for hundred and “Torre” for Towers.
Containing an exciting mix of wine producing subregions, Lombardy is Italy’s largest in size and population. Good quality Pinot noir, Bonarda and Barbera have elevated the reputation of the plains of Oltrepò Pavese. To its northeast in the Alps, Valtellina is the source of Italy’s best Nebbiolo wines outside of Piedmont. Often missed in the shadow of Prosecco, Franciacorta produces collectively Italy’s best Champagne style wines, and for the fun and less serious bubbly, find Lambrusco Mantovano around the city of Mantua. Lugana, a dry white with a devoted following, is produced to the southwest of Lake Garda.
While Muscat comes in a wide range of styles from dry to sweet, still to sparkling and even fortified, it's safe to say it is always alluringly aromatic and delightful. The two most important versions are the noble, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, making wines of considerable quality and Muscat of Alexandria, thought to be a progeny of the former. Somm Secret—Pliny the Elder wrote in the 13th century of a sweet, perfumed grape variety so attractive to bees that he referred to it as uva apiana, or “grape of the bees.” Most likely, he was describing Muscat.