La Spinetta Bricco Quaglia Moscato d’Asti DOCG is a single vineyard Moscato produced by winemaker Giorgio Rivetti in the Piedmont region.
La Spinetta, the Rivetti brothers estate, is headed up by the charming and ultra-talented Giorgio and has become one of the producers of Barbaresco to watch. The Rivetti Brother’s father, Giuseppe Rivetti, established the winery at Castagnole Lanze in 1977. It is now one of Piedmont’s iconic wineries, noted particularly for their red wines, but it all started with Moscato d’Asti. When La Spinetta Bricco Quaglia Moscato d’Asti was released in 1978 it was the first ever single vineyard Moscati d’Asti. In fact the estate did not release a red wine until 1985 when the Barbera d’Asti Ca’ di Pian was released.
The Bricco Quaglia vineyard is located at 300m above sea level, has a southern exposure and covers some 20 hectares. It has an average vine age of 34 to 39 years old and the soils are calcareous and sandy. The vineyard is managed sustainably and no herbicides or pesticides are used. The 100% Muscat grapes are harvested when they are fully ripe, crushed and then undergo a long cool fermentation at 15C for 1 month in a pressurised stainless steel tank. Unlike Prosecco or Champagne it is only fermented once. The build up of carbon dioxide during fermentation and subsequent bottling under pressure produces the gentle sparkle. Fermentation is stopped by chilling the must which leaves a good amount of natural sweetness in the wine. This also keeps alcohol levels low and, by law, Moscato d’Asti cannot be over 5.5% abv. The wine is filtered prior to bottling to remove any yeast cells otherwise the wine would referment.
If you ever wondered what Bricco Quaglia means, Bricco means “top of the hill” and Quaglia means “Quail”, hence the Quail on the label.