As far as wine makers go, Ecco Domani haven’t been around that long, only since 1996, but much like the region of Italy they are from, Ecco Domani is all about the future. Milan, the capital of the northern province of Lombardy, sets closer to London than Palermo and is home to cutting-edge fashion and design industries. Home to cutting-edge wines, Ecco Domani actually means “here’s tomorrow” in Italian. They recently came out with their boldest wine to date.
The Moscat variety of grapes grow around the world and are perhaps best known as the basis for Pisco, a brandy-like drink from Peru and Chile. However, Moscato grapes are well suited to the cool temperatures of north Italy where many sub-varieties grow. The varieties that make up this wine are the Moscato Bianco and Moscato Giallo the majority of which come from the Fruili-Venezia Guilia region of northeastern Italy, which borders Austria and Slovenia.
Fabrizio Gatto is Ecco Domani’s world-class Italian winemaker. He learned about grapes and wine from his father’s vineyard and was accepted into the prestigious Conegliano Veneto viticulture program at ripe old age of 14. Upon graduation he attended the University of Milan studying enology, the study of wine and viniculture. Gatto wants to produce “wines that are fruit forward and food friendly.” He also strives for “proper acidity, inviting aromas, moderate alcohol level and a high level of food compatibility” in his wines.
For those who choose to drink the Moscato, the most striking thing people will notice is the sapphire blue bottle. For the 2011 Moscato, the grapes were harvested last September. The wine has an alcohol level of 8.25% with a pH of 3.25. Another unique feature is the screw-top lid. Bucking convention by continually looking forward, Ecco Domani uses the screw cap instead of the tradition cork and I for one say “yay!” The bottle is easy to open, the wine will keep longer and the best part, no annoying cork pieces floating around my wine glass.
The taste is ultra-sweet, especially when chilled. Gatto’s wine notes say drinkers will notice “lovely aromas of peach, apricot and mandarin orange.” The apricot enjoyably stands out on my palate. Gatto also says this wine will pair well with “seafood, pasta, mild cheeses, or even with fruit-based desserts.”
The Ecco Domani Moscato along with their other wines is available throughout the US and sell for around $14. With summer fast approaching, Moscato will go well with warm summer outings or as host/hostess gifts. I’m thinking it will make a fine white wine sangria at my next BBQ. For more information on the 2011 Moscato or their many other wines, visit the Ecco Domani website. The website also includes food recipes and suggested wine pairings.