Moscato di Scanzo Passito, Biava
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Moscato di Scanzo Passito, Biava - 2011

Item # 33697 500mL
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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 greatness of Italian wine lies in its endless native varietals--most grown nowhere else in the world. The singular red clone of Moscato comes from Biava in the town of Scanzo in Lombardia. The entire vineyard area of this grower is a miniscule 1.5 hectares. So how does it taste? Purple and red flowers, black spices, dried figs, raisins, and other dark fruits abound, complemented by notes of garrigue (savory herbs and scrub notes). This could serve as an outstanding accompaniment to your holiday cheese plate or for the truly adventurous, try pairing it with game birds or meat. This would be incredible with squab with a foie gras and prune stuffing or else a venison steak au poivre.

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