Gianmario Cerutti’s 2014 Moscato d’Asti Canelli is particularly appetising this year. Just one glance at its fine satiny ‘schiuma´ (froth) is exciting enough!
Drawn from two vineyards: a blend of the ESE facing, sunny, breezy ‘Suri’ site at 370m close to the village of Cassinasco above Canelli, and fleshier W facing ‘Sandrinet’ at 320m.
Very fine pretty bead, active mousse. Nose full of spring flowers, white peach, muscat. Liquid meringue…. On palate small red apples, cassata fruits, super aroma in-mouth and good acidity. Bright, lacy and irresistible. 129g/l RS; 6 g/l TA; 3.2pH; 4% alc/volume. ( CR 18 )
How ‘cremoso’ (creamy) and fresh it is. Such finezza, pale in colour, the nose beautifully embroidered with an exhilarating, glacial scent of mango skin, tiglio (lime flower) and mint – it remains very much a sorbet in a glass at precisely 4.93% alcohol! I love the way Gianmario manages to keep the wine so tight and finely tuned, while retaining a wine rich in character. If you can tear yourself away from sniffing the wine, the palate completes the picture with delicate, sweet, yet fresh (128 grams residual sugar, 6 grams tartaric acidity), meringue-like, pretty, pure, white peach and grape flavours. Such refinement and light-as-a-feather drinkability! Bravo Gianmario! ( DBG )