The wine

Name: Sorriso di Cielo
Year: 2018
Type: White still
Classification: Colli Piacentini DOC
Grapes: 100% Malvasia aromatica di Candia
Aging: 5 months in stainless steel barrels
Alcohol: 13% vol.


When to drink

Ideal consumption: 2020-2024
Longevity: 5-10 years
Occasion: Romantic dinner

How to serve

Temperature: 8-10°
Uncork: 0-1 hours before
Pairing:
  • Seasoned cheeses
  • Fresh cheeses
  • Shellfish
  • Fish-based dishes
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The cellar

Name: La Tosa
Address: Località La Tosa, 29020 Vigolzone PC

Price

14.00 €


Sommelier's opinion

Today we want to tell you the story of the most famous wine in Europe around 1500: Malvasia.

In Italy with this name we usually identify a grape variety. In reality there are seventeen varieties registered with this name in the National Register of Varieties. How come so many? Already in ancient times, wines from bunches of many different vines, called Cretic Wines, were produced in Greece.
At some point in the Middle Ages, the place of collection and departure for the export of these wines became the port of Monemvasia, a city that still exists today. The fame of this wine grew to such an extent that it began to identify with the name of the city. The Republic of Venice transported and sold Cretic wine throughout the Mediterranean and Northern Europe and this name, crippled by the Venetians, first became Malvagia and then Malvasia. In Venice there were also many taverns that sold only this wine and were called precisely Malvasie.

This is how today's confusion has arisen in Italy, the main producer of Malvasia grapes, among many vines with this name. The Colli Piacentini have had the good fortune to receive the richest and most particular of the seventeen existing varieties of Malvasia from the historical routes of man: Malvasia di Candia Aromatica.
For centuries cultivated here to give a light, pleasant and aromatic wine, Sorriso di Cielo was born in 1991 from the desire of the Pizzamiglio brothers, owners of the La Tosa winery, to produce from this grape a wine also structured, complex and long-lived, what ever undertaken by anyone before then.

The result is a bewitching wine that seduces with its beautiful golden color and intense fruit aromas, accompanied by floral and aromatic herbs. In the mouth it is balanced and shows a beautiful personality and a firm structure. In the final it returns with all its aromaticity with a very long persistence. It is a wine that will amaze over the years and can be destined for an incredible evolution. The producer  recommends it in combination with foie gras, crustaceans, pumpkin dishes and medium-aged cheeses.
Rating
86/100
Sommelier
Massimo Sommelier
Value for money
Good

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