About Dessert Wines from Italy

About Dessert Wines from Italy
Italy is regularly the world's leading producer of wine quantity-wise (or second next to France - the numbers are very similar), which should come as no surprise, as wine is produced in each of the country's 20 regions (this is the only country in the world where this is true). While there are still many inexpensive red wines produced in the south as well as in Abruzzo in the country's central region,along with a multitude of value-priced whites from the Veneto region in the north, the emphasis over the last thirty years in the Italian wine industry has been more on quality as well as regional and varietal differences in their wines. Some of the world's most highly regarded red wines, such as Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany) as well as Barolo and Barbaresco (Piedmont) are produced in Italy and have brought the country great respect from critics and consumers the world round. Of course, Chianti is a moderately priced red that is as popular a red wine as there is anywhere and Barbera from Piedmont and Nero d'Avola from Sicily, two tangy, spicy reds, have become extremely popular over the past two decades. As of late, Italian white wines have made great strides, as examples from Friuli, Alto Adige and Campania among other regions, have been recognized for their distinctiveness and vibrancy. Combining a sense of history with the emphasis on traditional indigenous varieties, along with a willingness to experiment and craft wines that modern consumers are looking for, the Italian wine industry is as strong and as relevant as ever.

Top Picks for Italy

Dessert Wines

Alea Ludendo 2013  Elba Aleatico Passito
95 points
Deep purple color. Fruity, floral aromas of sugared plums, pressed violet, honeycomb, sweet cigars, and dark chocolate with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, layered, long ginger, saffron, dried figs, mint creme, and molasses cookies finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A delightful and nuanced Dessert Wine to finish an excellent meal; just lovely.
Awards: 2017 Best Dessert Wine
Sweet Bitch NV Sparkling Moscato
93 points
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of peach custard pie, golden raisin bread pudding, and caramel apple with a satiny, tangy, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish manifesting notes of candied tangerine and fruit cocktail with fine, fruit tannins. A delicious and vibrant sweet wine that will be super versatile and widely appealing; drinks like a fine Moscato d’Asti but frizzante.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Ferraris 2017 Dulcis in Fundo Malvasia di Casorzo
92 points
Best Buy
Siam color. Perfumed aromas of ripe wild strawberry, orange zest, and magnolia with a round, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length huckleberries in creme finish with no oak flavor. A very friendly and juicy sweet red spritzer that will be a divine alternative to Lambrusco or Brachetto.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Gina NV Casa Rossa Sweet Red Italy
90 points
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry creme brulee, cherry soda float, and strawberry jam on brioche with a tangy, moderately sweet medium body and a complex, medium-long finish that shows notes of orange-peach sorbet, pomegranate chutney, and macadamia toffee with dusty, fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A fun and flavor-packed ride with balanced sweetness, acidity and varietal character.
90 points $12.99
Carletto NV Ricco Dolce Sweet Red Italy
89 points
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas of candied raspberry, apple, mint, and strawberry confection with a supple, crisp, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length sweet pea blossom, chocolate with crystalized violet petals, and rooibos tea finish. A juicy, slightly floral sparkler that will be delicious with chocolate cake.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Cavit 2017  White Moscato
89 points
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Sweet aromas and flavors of botan rice candy, sweet honeysuckle, floral honey, lychee, and peach confection with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length finish that presents accents of lemon wheels, fleur de sel, sweet white tea, and kumquat with no oak flavor. A vibrant and lengthy moscato.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Falchini 2011 Riserva Vin Santo del Chianti
89 points
Brilliant brushed amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of roasted chestnut, salted toffee, cedar, seville oranges, and orange blossom with a round, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. An old-school Vin Santo that will bring you back to the old country.
89 points $36.99
Gina NV  Moscato
88 points
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed toasted soda bread and apple soufflé with a bright, petillant, moderately sweet medium body and a medium-length finish with notes of peach sorbet and sultanas with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice zippy dessert wine with sense of place.
88 points $17.99
Luisi 2017  Moscato dAsti DOCG
88 points
Pale straw color. Perfumed aromas of lime, gardenia, and quince with a supple, crisp, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length honeycomb, bee pollen, and apricot nectar finish with no oak flavor. A perfumed moscato with bright notes of gardenia; a very attractive sparkler for the dessert course.
88 points $17.99
Culitos NV Moscato Provincia di Pavia IGP
88 points
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Sweet aromas and flavors of poached pear, honeycomb, elderflower, lychee, and thyme with a round, vibrant, spritzy, sweet medium-to-full body and an even, charming, medium-length finish revealing shades of sweet peach with no oak flavor. A sweet and floral kissed wine that will close out a meal with sugar-laced bliss.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy