Pascena Moscadello di Montalcino DOC

Pascena Moscadello di Montalcino DOC

  • Moscadello Di Montalcino DOC, 
  • Tuscany, 
  • italy

Latest Awards

  • 91 points James Suckling , December 2022
  • 93 points Wine Advocate , February 2022

As one of the original estates of Montalcino and among the largest certified organic vineyard in Tuscany, Col d’Orcia is a leader in Brunello di Montalcino helping to define and promote one of Italy’s most prestigious wines. Tradition, integrity, and sustainability are the pillars of the estate, whose classic style wines are marked by balance and elegance. Established as a DOC in 1984, Moscadello has been cultivated in Montalcino since the Renaissance, where it was considered a “divine” wine dedicated to the “dames (ladies) of Paris.” Moscadello grape vines in Tuscany were nearly wiped out by Phylloxera in the late 1800s. Plantings did not come back to the region until the end of the 20th century, when Moscato Bianco grapes were brought down from Piedmont.


The estate’s name translates to “the hill overlooking the Orcia River,” due to its position in between the undulating hills of the Orcia River and Sant’Angelo in Colle. Here, vineyards are comprised of limestone and marl soils. At 1,500 ft a.s.l., the estate is favorably positioned against Mount Amiata, which helps protect against floods and hail. The climate is typically Mediterranean, with limited rainfall coming in from the Tyrrhenian coast, 21 miles away.

Winemaking & Aging

Grapes are left on the vine to dry, reducing their water content and concentrating sugars. Multiple passes are made in the vineyard during harvest, with bunches selected individually at their optimal point of dehydration. Grapes are soft-pressed and undergo slow fermentation in both new barrique and stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged in new barrique for 12 months, followed by 6 months in bottle prior to release.

Tasting Notes

Sweet, powerful aromas typical of Moscadello, including candied fruits, almond, and white flowers. The palate is full and concentrated, with a richness imparted by a high level of residual sugar that is well balanced by fresh, natural acidity. Delicious on its own, this wine pairs beautifully with savory dishes like blue cheese and foie gras, as well as fresh fruit, pastries, and biscotti.


Packaged in a tall, 375-milliliter bottle, the Col d'Orcia 2016 Moscadello di Montalcino Vendemmia Tardiva Pascena is a beautifully fragrant, floral and nostalgic wine. I refer to nostalgia because I don't see many samples of Moscadello di Montalcino anymore. Those who know the history of the Montalcino appellation know that its first protagonist was in fact this sweet Moscato-based wine made with air-dried fruit. It was the big success of the region long before Brunello or dry reds wines gained in popularity. Col d'Orcia has remained faithful to its Moscadello program, despite labor-intensive efforts and a lukewarm market reception. Dried jasmine, honeysuckle, peach and candied pear rise delicately from the bouquet of this mid-weight dessert wine. -M.L.

Wine Advocate - February 2022


Aromas of candied lemons, apricot jam, citrus blossom and acacia. Medium-bodied with a crunchy fruit character and vivid acidity to support its sweetness. Clean and polished with a flavorful, fruity finish. Drink now. -J.S.

James Suckling - December 2022


Moscadello Di Montalcino DOC

grape varieties

100% White Muscat (Moscato)



technical details
  • ABV: 12%
  • TA: 6.3 g/l
  • Ph: 123
  • Closure: Cork
  • Vegan

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