Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Moscato d’Asti DOCG – 2018

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  • Introduction

    • After several heavy snow falls in the winter time, the beginning of the spring was quite hot with some rain that helped the growing cycle to start earlier than usual. Towards the end of April, the sharp drop in temperatures recorded – especially overnight – caused some frost damage, but only at the bottom of the valleys and on cooler slopes, in fact any of our vineyards were effected. Starting from May, the weather was hot and dry, enhancing a perfectly even fruit set followed by a quick veraison. This dry conditions, even if considered extraordinary, did not effected negatively the growing cycle due the reserve of water from the winter snow. By the end of August and September, the cool nights really helped to develop perfect phenolic ripening. Harvest was about 7 to 10 days earlier than usual.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Grape Source: Calosso (purchased grapes)
    • Cultivation: Vertical trellising, Guyot pruning
    • Size: One hectare (2.471 acres)
    • Vine Age: 30 years old
    • Soil: Clay and sand
    • Elevation: 350 meters (1,148 feet) above sea level
    • Exposure: Southeast
    • Density: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,619 vines/acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2018 harvest was quite late and arduous; yet, the crop shows immense promise after a long and engaging growing season. The beginning of spring was quite difficult due to the heavy rain, and the summer was considerably warm and quite dry. The conditions allowed the vines to catch up upon a quite slow start. From the last days of June through the month of July, the sunny days encouraged a fast vegetative growth that required several trimmings and manual leaves thinning, especially in the shaded internal parts that were less active in photosynthesis. These efforts produced even cluster growth, and it carried to an early veraison in the month of August. Toward the beginning of September, the temperature dropped significantly during the night but warm and dry during the day, a perfect condition to promote the phenolic ripening (skin and seeds on the reds grapes)

  • Vinification

    • Soft pressing, clarification with pectolytic enzymes; fermentation is temperature controlled at 15°C (59°F) in steel fermenters. Fined and filtered prior to bottling

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Moscato
    • Production (in cases): 1,600 (6/750ml)
    • Cases Imported: 400
    • Alcohol: 5%
    • TA: 5.87 g/L
    • p H: 3.37
    • RS: 131.8 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Straw-yellow color with a real define and original personality, mediterranean herbs bouquet (sage and rosemary), dreamy light white flowers and citrus. Long and persistent with ripe fruit flavor. Perfect pairing with pastry and light sweets. Outstanding as an aperitif, with cold cuts and cheese.