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“This lovely, sweet sparkler opens with heady of yellow stone fruit, spring blossoms and wild aromatic herbs. The savory palate delivers ripe apricot, creamy yellow peach, rosemary and sage. Crisp acidity not only keeps it focused and tangy, but seamlessly balances the sweetness so it’s bright and racy. A refined, foaming mousse provides lots of finesse.”-WE
“It is a lightly sparkling, aromatic wine with aromas of peaches, apricots, honeysuckle, orange blossoms and lemon zest. It is complex, with good body, possessing a perfect balance between sweetness and acidity, and a beautiful persistency on the finish.
Moscato is primarily considered a dessert wine, pairing wonderfully with strawberries and stone fruits, but it also is a great counterpoint to spicy foods of all cuisines. At around 6% alcohol, it goes down easy and is an excellent accompaniment to brunch dishes, a terrific aperitif before dinner and of course a fantastic way to finish a meal.”-Winemaker Notes
“Saracco is located in the small village of Castiglione Tinella, in Asti, in the heart of the Langhe, in Piedmont, Italy The Langhe is known as the land of great Nebbiolo wines like Barolo and Barbaresco but it is also home to the Muscat Bianco Canelli grape that produces Moscato d’Asti. Upon graduating enology school, Paolo Saracco told his father that he wanted to stop selling their grapes as he had been doing, and produce a namesake Moscato wine. His father was very reluctant but eventually realized that his son was on to something. Paolo created the quality Moscato category in the US market, was named the “Maestro of Moscato” by wine writer Antonio Galloni in 2011 and has gone on to receive the highest and most consistent over 90 point scores from the top wine publications for the past 10 vintages.
Saracco Moscato is always the first wine of the vintage to arrive into the market, released in late November of the same year. It is harvested in late August, vinified in stainless and is ready for bottling a few months later. He bottles weekly so the consumer is always getting the freshest wine. While other producers in the area make Moscato, they are primarily red wine focused and Moscato is a very small segment of their overall production. Paolo is 100% dedicated to making Moscato and has earned the following of consumers world- wide, including hip hop celebrities who have rapped about Saracco Moscato in their songs. And, if you can hold on to a bottle for your cellar, it ages beautifully – contrary to common beliefs.”-Winery Notes
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The village of Castiglione Tinella, where the Saracco winery is located, is between two of the most well-known Piedmontese towns for great wine and food: Alba and Santo Stefano Belbo. Luigi Saracco, the great-grandfather of Paolo, began growing Moscato grapes here in the early 1900s. Paolo Saracco grew up in the vineyards and even at an early age he had a desire to make a wine using his family's name. Upon completion of his enological studies, he began experimenting not only with new winemaking techniques, but also a more modern vineyard management style. Paolo Saracco also has a four-star hotel, Albergo Castiglione, adjacent to the vineyards.