Moscato Regina di Felicità, Baricchi
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The harvest is carried out in winter with hand-picked and night-time harvesting of the totally frozen grapes at a temperature of -5 ° C. After pressing of the frozen grapes, the "ice wines" of different vintages are then assembled with the addition of fresh moscato must, to facilitate the process. Fermentation takes place in steel tanks with the Charmat method and permanence on the yeasts for about 9 months.
Cascina Baricchi is located in the Langhe area, in the municipality of Neviglio, near Barbaresco. It was purchased by Giovanni Simonetta in 1979, the year in which the winemaking business was launched. Since 1996, Giovanni's son Natale has held the reins of the company.
The winery is mainly focused on indigenous Piedmontese vines and produces in particular Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba and Moscato. Thanks to the peculiar climatic conditions characterized by very harsh winters, the winery can also offer the chance to try a unique gem for Italian scenario: those that are defined as "ice wines".
Regina di Felicità aka "Queen of Happiness", a tribute to Natale's mother, is a sparkling wine obtained from Moscato Bianco grapes vinified after being totally frozen collected in the cold winter nights, when the temperature drops below - 7 ° C.
Get the idea out of your mind that moscato is just a sugary soft drink and not a serious wine. This was one of the most unique Moscato's we have come across from Italy. Share it with your mother as a tribute to all her most sweet and appreciated qualities.
PS...It's quite rare we put a sweet wine in our wine club. This is the first time in over 3 years, and only happens if we find something worthwhile. We hope you appreciate it for what it is - a way to celebrate at the dessert hour. Do not, whatever you do, pair a wine like Cabernet or a dry red wine with dessert unless you want to make a really bad olfactive experiment.