William’s Picks for September: Bodegas Arzuaga La Planta and Oddero Moscato d’Asti

Bodegas Arzuaga La Planta and Oddero Moscato d’Asti

Bodegas Arzuaga La Planta
Bodegas Arzuaga
La Planta 2010

A relatively young winery, Bodegas Arzuaga began in 1993 and were immediately recognized for the quality of their wines. This wine is named for the estate where their vines (mostly Tempranillo, also called Tinto Fino) are grown – La Planta, a large and largely natural expanse of land with free-roaming deer and wild boar. This is a great introduction to the wines of the Ribera del Duero, with its combination of dark fruits and spice derived from aging in French and American oak barrels. The wines of Bogedas Arzuaga went through a period of a few years when they weren’t available in New York, and many of our customers “noticed” their absence, so we’re happy to once again be able to offer this old favorite.

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Oddero Moscato d’Asti
Oddero
Moscato d’Asti 2011

Truth is there’s a lot of flat out uninteresting Moscato out there – oceans of it, really – which is part of what makes this single vineyard (yes, really, a single-vineyard Moscato) bottling from Oddero so special. Grown in the Cascina Fiori vineyard, the high elevation helps lend Oddero’s Moscato brilliant, fresh aromas and a clean, refreshing acidity. A production of just over one thousand cases, this really is a cut above the rest, but it still has all the easy-going charm and peach/tangerine flavors one looks for in the style – it just has a lot more class to go along with it. While most Americans think of Moscato as an after dinner drink, Oddero also recommend theirs as an aperitif or as a complement to a variety of dishes – everything from salumi to figs to sardines – it might sound unusual, but one taste and it’ll start to make sense.

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