Sweet treats from the Veneto

La Montecchia Colli Euganei DOC Fior d’Arancio Spumante Dolce 2005

Fresh and full of orange blossom and ginger just like Moscato d’Asti. The taste is strongly reminiscent of ginger ale; perhaps this is adult ginger ale. Today’s bottle was also showing some bottle development that was complementary to the floral notes. Prod by Conte U. Emo Capoldilista in Selvazzano Dentro in Padova in the Veneto. The vyds are on the hill of Montecchia at the foot of the Collie Euganei range. This is Moscato, imp by villaitaliawines, today the owner is Giordano Emo Capodilista 5.5% $12.95 at Traverso’s lamontecchia.it

Vignalta Colli Euganei DOC Alpianae Fior d’Arancio 2004

Complex, fruity and very rich. This has the aromas of Muscat, in terms of orange blossoms with the complexity of oak and a little of the approriate VA that one associates with Sauternes. Bot in Arquà Petrarca; the Orange Muscat is locally called Fior d’Arancio, lots of Terpenes, ripens later than Canelli; the grapes are dried 4 mos then fermented then the wine ages 2 years in oak 13.5% $21.69 375ml at Bottle Barn vignalta.com

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