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Cascina Castle T Moscato d Asti 2014

ID No: 442287
Country:Italy
Region:Piemonte
Grape Type:Moscato
Winery:Cascina Castle T
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Bright straw. Fresh citrus and orchard fruits, smoky minerals and ginger on the incisive nose. Silky and focused on the palate, offering nervy Meyer lemon and green apple flavors that give way to deeper melon and peach with air. Finishes silky and long, displaying an echo of bitter citrus pith and lingering spiciness. - Vinous 90 Points

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Product Description

Bright pale yellow color filled with golden and apricot reflections.


Seductive bouquet rich in orange blossoms, peaches and apricots intertwined with hints of tropical fruits and honey.
Ligthly frizzante due to the naturally retained CO2with sweet soft velvety fruit on the palate and a refreshingly dry and lingering finish. This is a unique wine of extraordinary delicacy and finesse.

The other "Bug Juice"!


Robert Parker says "this tropical fruit bomb of an aperitif wine defines the words 'seduction' and 'delicious'." 

The grapes are soft pressed and the free run juice is placed in stainless steel tanks where it is allowed to settle (sedimentation) and then passed through a centrifuge. The fined must is then passed through a filter of diatomaceous earth and placed in autoclaves of stainless steel. Specially selected yeast are added and fermentation is controlled at 17 degrees. There is no malolactic fermentation and the wine is held in the tanks at 0 degree. At the time of bottling the temperature is raised again to 17 degrees, and when the ideal balance between sugar and acidity is reached and the desired atmospheric pressure is obtained, 2 atmospheres of pressure (usually 2 weeks), the wine is cooled to block further fermentation and again filtered. It is then bottled. Only 5.5% of alcohol.

Brunch wine excellent with ice cream, fruits, salads.

Winery: Cascina Castle T

The Cascina Castle T Estate
Cascina Castle’T, a family estate owned by Maria Borio, is located South of Torino in the Piedmonte region, 300 meters above sea level. The property was built in the 1600s.

The
Cascina Castle T Vineyards
The 10 hectares (24.7 acres) of vineyards are located on the cooler hills of the Langhe area on the sides of the Belbo Valley near Canelli. 
The vineyard for Barbera d'Asti is planted in clay and limestone soils and situated on a south western exposure, lying at about 300 meters above sea level. The vines are an average of 40-50 years old. There are 5,000 vines per hectare and the vineyard is kept fully covered with grass. Most of the vineyards are planted with Barbera except for a small plot planted with Moscato. All the production is strictly organic with a low yield, less than 30 hl/ha. 
The vineyard for Moscato d'Asti is rich in clay and is on a south east exposure, lying at about 200 meters above sea level. The vines are an average of 15 years old.

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Zone de Production: Ricaldone’s territory on the hills called ‘Bricco Rioglio’ and ‘Valmorana’,and Celle. Average altitude 280 m above sea level, calcareous soil with tufa layers.
Training System: guyot with a cultivation density of about 3000 vines per hectare.


Vinification: manual harvest into crates, usually at the first week of September. Temperature controlled maceration for about 24 hours with mechanic plunging of the cap and pumping over to extract a slight rosé color from the skins. Soft pressing. Settling in steel vats to have a natural clearing of musts. Further temperature and pressure controlled fermentation.


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Rinaldi Red Dream is made from 100% Malvasia


this wine is obtained with  a cold maceration (13° C) for 48 hours. We work in this way just to extract the color and the wine scent from the peels.
Then we soft press the grapes and we separate the solid part from the liquid part and we have the juice.
Then we keep the wine at 0 degree Celcius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) temperature and we have a natural cleaning of the must.
When we decide to bottle it the temperature increased at about 17 degrees Celcius, and when we reach 5.5% Alcohol by Volume and the desired atmospheric pressure is obtained, about  2 atmospheres, we block the fermentation with the cold and we filter it again and
finally, we put it in bottle.
The wine is ruby red but not too deep, fruity and pleasant. It's a dessert wine, it is possible to appreciate it at his best if you serve it chilled.


This frothy and fruity red wine delivers flavors of honeysuckle and black pepper. Light, fun and exciting; it’s great for parties and light fare. 100 % Malvasia Nera.

 




"The non-vintage Rinaldi Red Dream, which comes from 100% Malvasia Nera, has about 7% alcohol, so it is slightly more potent than its two siblings. Gorgeously fresh and frothy, with loads of cherry, honeysuckle, spice box and spring flowers, this is an exciting party wine that is brilliantly packaged, and I doubt a person can be found who would dislike it. However, these wines are meant to be drunk in their exuberant youth, so this one as well as the following two efforts should be consumed over the next 6-12 months."
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