In a nutshell: A half bottle of a delicate, lightly sparkling Piedmontese sweet wine with a very modest level of alcohol.
The lowdown: Moscato d'Asti is one of the most sublime and delicate of all sweet wines, and this is an outstanding example. The name Nivole means clouds, reflecting the ethereal, delicate nature of the wine. Wonderfully aromatic with subtle and complex aromas of elderflower, orange blossom, fresh grape, honeydew melon and citrus fruits lead onto a fresh and delicate palate that is lightly effervescent with a wonderful balance between sweetness and natural acidity.
When to drink: A real treat with desserts it's just 5% ABV.
Certainly one of Piedmont's truly great winemakers. The family owns 60 hectares of vineyard in three of the classic growing areas - Langhe, Monferrato and Gavi and have access to a further 50 hectares through long-term relationships with their growers.
Michele has insisted on total quality since his first vintage in 1956, an ethos which his sons Stefano and Alberto adopt today. The Chiarlo style is highly elegant, they make complex wines that can age for decades but above all reflect their provenance - some of the finest vineyard sites in Piedmont.