wine in Sardinia | traditional wines
synonyms: Nuscu, Nascu…
- Alcohol content: 14,5-16% Vol.
- Serving temperature: 12-14°C.
Intense, ethereal, musky fragrance; fresh fruit and underwood scents; fairly alcoholic, rather acid, sapid, rich, intense and persistent taste from dry to sweet; full body.
Nasco, an excellent dessert wine, must be drunk at room temperature with spicy cheese. It is very good if served cold, as aperitif.
Name and origin
Its name can derive from the latin Muscus, from which the dialectal names Nuscu and Nascu derive.
Nasco appeared in Sardinia during the Roman Age. It only spread in the Karales harbour inland, so it was possibly introduced in the Island from here.
It is a typical dessert wine, like the Malvasia of the area of Cagliari.
Areas of production
It is produced in the calcareous hills of the urban hinterland, in the province of Oristano and in some villages of the province of Nuoro.
This production, even if not characterised by “leading” spiced characteristics, as for Malmsey or muskat-wines, is nevertheless characterised by a specific olfactory element, partly connected to the fermentation of grapes, especially appreciated by wine experts.
Its typical “musk” characteristics enhance the organoleptic qualities (especially if there is an adequate sugar-residue).
Other types: Sec or Dry; Liqueur-like Wine; Sec or Dry Liqueur-like Wine; Vintage Liqueur-like Wine.