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2012 Bug Juice MoscatoMuscat from Italy

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Wine: "Straw-yellow color. The bouquet is delicate and intense with aromas of fruit (apple, peach) and spices (sage). The palate is sweet and smooth with lingering aromatic...

  • 92 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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"Each year, one of the finest Moscatos comes from Rinaldi, and the fabulous label and hilarious reference to "bug juice" only adds to the fun. This light-bodied, low alcohol (4-5%) Moscato is bursting with notes of honeysuckle, lychee nuts, peaches, mangoes and spring flowers. The intoxicatingly intense aromatics are followed by a wine with some residual sugar, although that component is well-balanced by the wine's acidity and freshness. These Moscatos are best drunk in their first 6-9 months of life, so drink this Bug Juice up immediately."

"Well-known in these pages, Fran Kysela runs a surprisingly large volume import business with a strong focus on value-priced wines from Southern France, Argentina, Australia, and Spain." (08/13)

Product Description:

Wine:
"Straw-yellow color. The bouquet is delicate and intense with aromas of fruit (apple, peach) and spices (sage). The palate is sweet and smooth with lingering aromatic persistence. A refreshing and pleasant wine, perfect for brunch, picnics or poolside. Made from 100% moscato d'Asti, produced in the zone of production of Ricaldone, on the hills called Bricco Cardogno, Celle and Vallarenzo. The training system used is Guyot with a density of 2500-3000 vines per hectare." - Winery

Serving suggestions:
"Dessert, ideal with hazelnut cake. Original with "strong" cheese such as Robiola of Roccaverano and Gorgonzola." - Winery

Vinification: "Manual harvest into crates. Soft pressing. Settling in steel vats to allow natural clearing of musts. Racking, increase in temperature. Temperature and pressure controlled fermentation until bottling." - Winery

Estate:
"The winery is located on the hills of Alto Monferrato, close to Acqui Terme, in the heart of one of the most precious areas of south Piedmont. The family business was founded in 1961 by Oreste Rinaldi. It is run today by his son Andrea and his daughter Paola. The family has been producing wine for 40 years from their vineyards located on a particularly privileged area with a favorable microclimate and a perfect southwestern exposure." - Winery

Vineyard:
"Currently Rinaldi has 20 hectares of vines (49.6 acres), 19 hectares owned, 1 hectares rented. Their single vineyard Bricco Cardogno, planted to Moscato, is a vineyard that measures 2.5 hectares (6.75 acres) and was planted 40 years ago by Andrea Rinaldiā€™s grandfather. It is located 240- 300 m above sea level. The soil type in this vineyard is limestone (tufa). All grapes are hands harvested with extreme care. Quality starts in the vineyard. The single vineyard Bricco Rioglio is planted with Brachetto grapes, limestone based with 15-year-old vines. (Bricco is a tea cup in local dialect)." - Winery

Product Detail

Item # 78437
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Sub-Region Moscato d\'Asti
Ratings

92 - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2012
Color White
ABV 5.5%
Varietal(s) Muscat
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features Sparkling and Dessert
Taste pineapple, coriander, peach, orange and grapey
Nose grapey, coriander, peach and orange