About Piedmont Dessert Wine

About Piedmont Dessert Wine
The most common dessert wines in Piedmont are slightly sparkling wines known as frizzante. The two most common are Moscato d'Asti and Braccheto d'Acqui. The former, made from the Moscato variety, has exotic aromas of orange blossom, peach and ginger and has a light sweetness with only 5.5% alcohol. The later, made from the Brachetto variety, is sort of the red counterpart of Moscato d'Asti. It has delicate flavors of strawberry and red cherry with notes od red flowers and has a touch of sweetness on the finish. It too has very low alcohol, checking in around 6%. These wines are meant for drinking within their first or second years and pair best with fresh fruit.

There are a handful of producers that also make a passito version of Moscato and Brachetto; these are richer on the palate with higher alcohol (12%; the Moscato passito in general is quite lush and is a tantalizing dessert wine with pastries and aged cheeses.

Top Picks for Piedmont Dessert Wine

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