Muscat (Moscato in Italy) is the name given to one of the oldest grape families in the world. The grapes we know today as Muscat - which are believed to have originated in the Middle East - date back to winemaking in the times of the ancient Greeks. However, a long history brings with it an equally long list of synonyms, mutations and crossings. There is no one 'true' Muscat, but rather many great incarnations, each with its own regional nuance and character.
The grapes for Bella Nectar Moscato d'Asti are hand-harvested and grown in combination limestone and sandstone soils from the cool, hilly Asti region of Italy.
This DOCG area is ideal for growing the Moscato Bianco grape. After harvesting, the grapes are crushed, chilled to almost freezing in stainless steel vats, fermented, and bottled to capture the carbon dioxide. The result is a low-alcohol, (5.5% maximum by law) slightly effervescent wine, or what the Italians call vino frizzante.
Bella Nectar Moscato d'Asti has vibrant, flavors and aromas of ripe stone fruit, tangerines, and honey. It has a lightly sparkling "frizzante" mouth feel, with a touch of sweetness.
Bella Nectar Moscato d'Asti can be enjoyed before dinner or after dinner as a dessert by itself. In Italy, Moscato d'Asti is paired with Tiramisu, Panettone, toasted hazelnuts, cake, apricots and figs drizzled with honey. Bella Nectar also pairs well with spicy dishes, fresh fruit and fish.
Varietals:100% Moscato Bianco
Wine Region: Asti, Piedmont DOCG, Italy
Alcohol: 5.5% abv
Residual Sugar: 120 grams per liter