Michele Chiarlo’s extensive vineyards stretch over more than 272 acres of Piedmont, including the hills surrounding Canelli, which offer an ideal microclimate for growing Moscato. Grapes are hand harvested from select vineyards with southern exposure and placed in pneumatic presses, followed by a slow fermentation using natural yeasts to a low level of alcohol. Unfermented Moscato grape must is then added to fine tune the sugar levels. Finally, the wine is immediately bottled in order to preserve the characteristically aromatic, sweet fruit fragrance of the Moscato Bianco grape. The result is a wine with such a delicate finesse that Michele Chiarlo named it Nivole after the Piedmontese word for clouds.

92 Points
Tasting Panel
2018 vintage
92 Points
Blue Lifestyle
2018 vintage
Harvest Note
The start to the 2018 growing season in Piedmont was characterized by constant rainfall, which led to a cooler spring. This delayed the bud break by 20-25 days. Mid-summer saw strong hailstorms, damaging areas in Barbaresco & Roero. Summer concluded with a wide array of weather patterns – beautiful days with warm temperatures turning to cooler temperatures and thunderstorms. These factors led to a decline in quantity but the quality of the grapes did not suffer.
Tasting Note
Brilliant straw yellow. The wine has typical floral aromas of Moscato, with notes of peach and apricot. On the palate, the wine is creamy and fragrant, with a pleasant fine bubble and a particularly fresh finish.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with zabaione cream and traditonal meliga biscuits.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Moscato
APPELLATION: Moscato d'Asti DOCG
PH: 3.18
ACIDITY: 5.75 g/l
ABV: 5%
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: No
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 122 g/l
Unique Selling Points
  • A sweet, lightly sparkling, vividly aromatic wine
  • Perfect for brunch, as an aperitif or with dessert
  • About half the alcohol of other table wines
  • Hand harvested from the hills around Canelli, an ideal microclimate for Moscato

About the Grape

Moscato Bianco / Muscat d’Alsace
Shows exotic aromas of tropical fruits, flowers, rose petals and citrus blossoms, and bright, clean fresh grape flavors, with a note of acidity. Sweet and fortified wines show honey and caramel notes.
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