Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti 2017 (half bottles) is an aromatic Moscato from Asti in Italy's Piemonte region. The wine is low in alcohol (5% abv), naturally sweet and gently sparkling. It is vibrant and fruity; ideal with fresh fruit desserts.
|Serve with||Fresh fruit desserts|
|Bottle size||37.5 cl|
|Awards||Wine Merchant, Highly Commended, 2017|
|Name||Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti|
David Williams in The Observer wrote "Almost any wine made from muscat has something of summer about it... For the purest hit of unmediated muscat grape exuberance, however, it’s back to a sweet style, and to Chiarlo’s softly foaming moscato from Piedmont."
On the same day, Susy Atkins had an article in the Sunday Telegraph headlined "Asti may be simple stuff but it's super wine for summer".
"Light and frothy, as mouthwatering as cool, green grapes, with a luscious honeyed finish. What’s not to like about Asti, Italy’s classic sweet sparkling wine? Yet it’s generally underrated here because, I think, it’s far too often served horribly warm and/or, unsuitably, as an aperitif. In Italy, it would be ice-cold with desserts, cream cakes and sweet biscuits, never with nuts or olives. ... delectable with sorbets, ice creams and semi-freddo desserts, panna cotta, meringues, pavlovas and parfaits – in short, any dish that is sweet, frozen or airy."
Of the Nivole Moscato d'Asti, she wrote "Delicious, finer, fragrant version with a soft, gentle spritz, sweet kiwi-fruit and lemon flavours. Chill for the best fruit salads."
Michele Chiarlo was born in the Monferrato region of Piemonte where his family has grown grapes for over 5 generations. In 1956 he decided to start a small winery in Calamandrana, a small village nestling in some of Monferrato's finest hillside vineyards. Armed with enthusiasm and an iron will, he worked hard to make the best wines possible. After many years his business finally started to expand. He now owns 50 hectares of vineyards situated in the most prestigious areas and produces top quality Barolos such as Cerequio and Cannubi and a wonderful Barbera d'Asti such as his cru "La Court". He has built a cellar in Barolo to age the wines. In Gavi, he has built a modern winery near the Cortese vineyards where he grows the grapes for what many consider one of Italy's most outstanding white wines.
Chiarlo's Barolo Cerequio, Countacc! and La Court Barbera d'Asti have won many awards worldwide and are recognized as being amongst Italy's top red wines. In the 2003 Italian Wine Guide "Gambero Rosso", Barolo Cerequio 1998 gained the top "3 Bicchieri" award as did the 1997, 1996 and 1995 in previous editions. In the 2005 edition, 2001 La Court Barbera d'Asti was awarded the "3 Bicchieri" as was the 2000 in the previous year. Thanks to this recognition, the company has been awarded the much sought-after "Stella" - a star which the Guide bestows on wineries that have received the "3 Bicchieri" ten times.