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Staff Pick

Moscato di Scanzo Passito, Biava - 2011

Item # 33697 500mL
$99.96 $59.96 / Single Bottle
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$1199.52 $719.52/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

The Biava estate started in the 1980s and is a mere 1.5 hectares in size located in province of Bergamo. Their specialty is passito and to us, the standout is their red Moscato from the smallest DOCG in all of Italy. This is a dessert wine that is red, with aromas of flowers, black pepper, sage, blood oranges, red berries and a good dose of fresh tannins. Hand-harvested, then the grapes are dried for 45 days before pressing and allowing fermentation to start with native yeasts. Drink in large glasses with chocolate fondant or your favorite cigar. Biava is located in Scanso which is near the capital city of Milan. This wine used to be used at Sunday mass during the Middle Ages. Surely if this were the practice today, churches would be filled to the gills. Truly decadent. Drink slightly chilled. Will age for decades.

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Staff Pick Notes

The unusual red Moscato is utilized here to make a a tiny quantity of desert wine from Lombardy, Italy. Bergamo is the province of origin and 1.5 hectares is the amount of land under vine on this property. This is not richly textured or unbalanced in terms of acidity. Wonderfully distinctive aromas of fruit, flowers, pepper and subtle herbs come into play creating a special experience not to be missed. This is too easy to enjoy, complex layers of aromas and I'm grateful for that.


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