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MOSCADELLO DI MONTALCINO DOC Mocali
- Region: Toscana
- Type: Sweet White Wine
- Proof: 13,5/14%
- Wine Variety: 100% Moscadello (Moscato)
- Place of production, aging, service temperature: Produced in the vineyards owned by the Municipality of Montalcino. Aged 24 months in French oak barrels and at least 9 months in bottles. Service Temperature: 8/10 Degrees.
- Uniqueness: Before the advent of Brunello it was, for centuries, the reference wine of the area. Today it is produced by about ten companies, including Mocali, a condition that determines an unequivocal uniqueness and exclusivity.
As Moscadello, it has become a niche of excellence
It is an ancient wine that has then qualified the area of production of Montalcino before the explosion of Sangiovese and Brunello. For centuries Montalcino has been the home of Moscadello, of which we can estimate the productive, qualitative and notoriety expansion already starting from the Renaissance period. It is probably due to the Moscati family, even if strongly typified at the territorial level. In the early 16th century it was one of the favorite wines of St Lacerenzo, official wine bottler of Pope Paolo 3rd. The Poet Francesco Redi in his work "Bacco in Toscana" dedicated to the wines of the Grand Duchy in 1685, called Moscadello: "leggiadretto", "divino" and "Moscadelletto". Documents from the Vatican secret archive tell that the sharecroppers of the Abbey of St Antimo produced Moscadello in 1591. In the early 17th century it was confirmed that Pope Urban 8th appreciated it for "his vigor and taste".In short, an extremely appreciated wine of great quality that characterized the native provenance of Montalcino and this is always found throughout the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Unfortunately, the devastating effects of Fillosera, Oidio and Peronospera, between the end of '700 and throughout the first half of the 800, devastated the production of Moscadello. After the discovery of the technique of grafting European vines on rootstocks of American origin, the land was dedicated to Sangiovese for the production of Chianti, Brunello and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. However, Moscadello did not disappear completely and gradually reduced to become an oenological curiosity produced in small quantities of high quality. To keep the production alive, only a dozen great local producers were reduced, including the Azienda Agricola Mocali.
Small talks, Meditation and Toscanelli
In September, during a warm evening, we decide to dine in a famous winery in Milan to spend time in peace with a couple of good friends. We get comfortable outdoor, as we know that after dinner we will relax with at least a couple of good Tuscan cigars. After a magnificent rare steak combined with a pair of glasses of a rather aged Rosso di Montalcino, for dessert we ask for fine biscuits. They bring us some fantastic orange flavored biscuits with different types of candied fruit, from figs to citron, from apricot to peach that we combine with a Moscadello di Montalcino from Mocali. The combination is perfect and surprising: the elegant softness of the wine enhances the different flavors of candied fruit, transforming a dessert that had to be simple in an extremely fine experience. Once we have finished our desserts, we realize that Moscadello is perfect for a chat and meditation (sometimes when others speak, we meditate) and, after a good coffee, we discover that the apparent kindness of Moscadello is actually so elegant, that it is perfeclty combined with the two traditional Toscani Antica Tradizione that we smoke with serene pleasure at the end of a simple but polished evening.
Strictly the territory of Montalcino in the province of Siena.