I love Moscato D'Asti. Slightly fizzy, sweet, fresh, clean and light. It's a lovely dessert wine made from the Moscato Bianco grape, produced in the province of Asti, which is within the region of Piedmont, up in the North West of Italy.
What I like about Moscato is that they are low in alcohol, usually around 5%. This gives them a refreshing, light, lifted quality which is so preferable to that slow descent into queasiness, brought on by a rich, red table wine, followed by a rich, sweet dessert wine, followed by an even more alcoholic fortifed.
Albino Rocca is a top producer situated in the commune of Barbaresco, within the region of Piedmont. “Albino Rocca is one of the most intriguing estates in Barbaresco right now.” Antonio Galloni, vinous.com. They favour a minimal intervention style, preferring the hands-off approach. This involves limited use of chemicals in the vineyard, only when extreme conditions warrant it, and an effort to make wines as naturally as possible. They focus on reds made from Nebbiolo, but lucky for us they also make this wine.
It's light, floral and fresh, with aromas and flavours of honeysuckle, citrus peel and pear. It's more structured than most Moscatos on the market and it's as serious and intellectual as a Moscato can get and at 5% it's a great way to finish a meal - be it lunch or dinner... or breakfast. You'll love it.