portfolio ➜ origin ➜ Italy ➜ Piemonte
Categories: Sparkling Wine
One of the most famous wines in the world, Asti DOCG (formerly Asti Spumante) is a lightly sweet, sparkling wine wine made from Moscato Bianco (Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains), the best of which is grown on calcareous soils in the provinces of Asti, Cuneo and Alessandria in Italy’s northwest Piemonte region. It is produced by a version of the charmat method (cuve close), which is perfectly suited to producing the fresh floral notes, playful mousse and peachy character synonymous with Asti. DOCG rules specify that Asti fall between 6-9.5% abv and have a minimum of four atmospheres of pressure. (In contrast, Moscato d’Asti DOCG is permitted a maximum of 6.5% abv and just two bars of pressure - though producers often exceed the latter stricture.) Like all charmat method sparkling wines, Asti is not meant for aging and should be consumed as young as possible.
Cocchi Asti NV
Italy ➜ Piemonte ➜ Asti DOCG 7.0% ABV
7.0% ABV • Méthode Charmat
ASTI is produced by Cocchi through a slow fermentation in steel vats of the Moscato Bianco picked from the family’s Colline Astigiane vinyard in the Asti hills. Creamy and delicate to taste, with a very scented aroma. The label’s colors match the flags that parade at the start of the ‘Palio d’Asti’ festival. Full details