(d.o.c. D.M. 22/11/1994)
The wine regulations concerning Piemonte Moscato Passito impose that it presents the following characteristics when it is released for marketing:
Golden yellow with fairly intense amber reflections
Intense and complex aroma with the characteristic musky scent of the Muscat grape
Sweet, harmonious, velvety and aromatic
Minimum total alcohol content by volume: 15,5% of which at least 11% originated from the fermentation of sugar
Sugar residues: minimum 50 g/litre
Minimum total acidity: 4,5‰
Sugar-free extract: 22 g/litre.
It is a fairly vigorous and prefers marly soil with plenty of limestone, interspersed with banks of sand and sandstone. It is prone to mildew infection and ripens in mid September. The bunch is fairly compact, and cylinder or cone shaped. The grapes are round, with a golden colour that can become amber when they are exposed to the sun. you can read more about Moscato here.