Caudrina Moscato d’Asti
Moscato d’Asti may not age but Romano Dogliotti has been making some of the finest examples for over 20 years. He applied new technologies to grapes (off steep slopes to the east of Barbaresco) first vinified by his father. La Caudrina is light, floral and grapy with a certain elegance. The intense and tangy La Galeisa is wonderfully fragrant with apple, citrus, grape and musk scents with more of a ripe nectarine and apricot fruit in warmer vintages. La Selvatica, more usually made as a very good fully sparkling Asti, is very concentrated, intense and ripe. Still sweeter and richer is Redento in a passito style with dried nectarine and honeycomb and an explosive intensity in the mouth. Less overtly grapy than the Moscato d’Astis, it is not obviously Muscat but very long with a rich, dried fruit quality without being raisiny. Barbera d’Asti is increasingly good too. La Solista is unoaked while the more complex Montevenere is barrique-aged and needs a minimum 5-6 years’ age. Partly barriqued Chardonnay Mej has the very spiced, dried citrus character of many Piemonte examples but not the nuance or style for more while Dolcetto is soft, spicy with plum and cherry fruit.
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