This renowned winery run by Paolo Saracco is based in the village of Castiglione Tinella in an area called the Langhe Astigiane. It is a zone widely regarded as the prime area for the production of Moscato d’Asti, the unique wine consisting of partially fermented must. The vines stand in chalky marl soil mixed with sand where the White Muscat grape has been growing since ancient times. Paolo manages all aspects of the production and cultivation of the property’s 50 hectares to produce nearly 400,000 bottles, almost all of which is Moscato.
Saracco Moscato d’Asti 2023
Luscious sweet, juicy fruit, balanced perfectly with vibrant acidity. A wine which has so many layers to it, complex, concentrated and very elegant.
“If I had a big enough goblet, I’d fill it up and go swimming in the stuff (with my mouth open, of course).” Best Italian sparkling white wine of the year, Ian D’Agata, Vinous (January 2019)
(Moscato d’Asti 2021) “This lovely, sweet sparkler opens with heady aromas 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 never cloying but always bright and racy. A refined, foaming mousse provides lots of finesse. Kerin O’Keefe”
95 points, Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (April 2022)
The juice from different tanks is first blended and then transferred to autoclaves used to start fermentation which is activated by raising the temperature and allowing the natural yeasts to begin the transformation of sugar into alcohol. When the alcohol content reaches 5.5% and a perfect balance between acidity, sugars and alcohol is achieved, the temperature is lowered in the autoclave and the fermentation stops. The wine is filtered through microfiltration to give it maximum purity and transparency, then it is bottled. The pressure in the autoclave is about 2 atm, and goes down to about 1.5 atm after bottling. The sugar content in the bottle is about 140 g / L