Nasco

White Wine DOC

 

Grown in Sardinia since ancient times, Nasco is a precious variety of rare finesse. Today it is cultivated mainly in calcareous and sunny soils  of the inland of the province of Cagliari(see post), in particular, in the municipalities of Quartu, Maracalagonis, Dolianova, Selargius, Sinnai, Soleminis. The name seems to derive from the Latin “Muscus” which means moss, which justifies the scent that is felt particularly in aged wines. In Roman times, this vine had spread throughout the island and so it was until the second half of the last century, a period during which it was considered  one of the most prestigious wines of Sardinia.
Currently Nasco is experiencing a renewed and deserved interest  even if it is mainly consumed by a clientele of estimator and its production is therefore limited. It is characterized by an amber color, a good consistency, an intense and enveloping scent of honey , fruits, dates, figs, candied orange, with a finish of musk and Mediterranean scrub. To the palate is smooth, thick and sweet. It is often used for the production of fortified wines.
Since 1972 it has been recognized as Denomination of Controlled Origin(DOC).

The Nasco wine should be served at room temperature, paired to cheeses(see post); is great, when served cold, as an aperitif.

DOC Nasco di Cagliari

Grape: Nasco Min. 95%, max 5% other suitable grapes cultivated in Sardinia

Production Area: Part of the municipalities of the provinces of Cagliari and Oristano

Yield in wine: Max. 65%

Alcoholic content: 14.5°, of which at least 2.5° to be developed

Type: Dry, min. 14°; Fortified wine, min. 17.5°, 2.5° of which to be developed; Fortified Reserve

Aging: Min. 2 years one of which in barrels, for Reserve typology

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