Here’s the most fascinating and unique wine $30 can buy. It’s also the top-rated wine in Vinous’ recent article on Moscato d’Asti and Asti Spumante, at 94 points.
I’ll let Vinous explain:
Bright golden straw-green. Aromas of ripe pear, puff pastry, candied mango, vanilla and lemon ice on the captivating nose. Then rich, dense and juicy, offering luscious, deep, complex flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes extremely long and very sweet, but with enough harmonious acidity to keep this dense, suave sparkler dancing nimbly on your taste buds. A real knockout. This unique Moscato Bianco wine is made from very old vines (50 years plus) in the township of Canelli, arguably the greatest grand cru for Moscato Bianco in Piedmont. The wine’s first fermentation takes place over two months in stainless steel tanks, while the secondary fermentation occurs over four or five months at low temperatures in the bottle as per the classic method typical of Champagne. The wine rests for 48 months on the lees in bottle before reaching the market. Though hardly anyone makes a Metodo Classico Moscato Bianco in Piedmont anymore due to the technical difficulties involved in managing fermentation of such a sweet wine in bottle (the bottles often explode), this was the method used to make the so-called “Champagne Moscato” wines common in Piedmont up to the 1950s. Founded in 1867, Contratto is Italy's oldest Metodo Classico house.
A great sparkling wine for the dessert course…or for dessert on its own.