Full Review

Alea Ludendo

Alea Ludendo
2013 Elba Aleatico Passito

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Regional Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13% RS: 12%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$147
2017 Best Dessert Wine

Alea Ludendo
2013 Elba Aleatico Passito

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Regional Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13% RS: 12%
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.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: sugared plums, pressed violet, honeycomb, sweet cigars, and dark chocolate
Taste Flavor: ginger, saffron, dried figs, mint creme, and molasses cookies
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peach Zabaglione, Pannetone, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delightful and nuanced Dessert Wine to finish an excellent meal; just lovely.

The Producer

Borderac Crus & Vins

The Producer
27 Rue Durieu de Maisonneuve
Bordeaux, 33000
France
33 -556008494

Their Portfolio

95 Alea Ludendo 2013 Elba Aleatico Passito 13% (Italy) $147.00.
87 Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi 2014 Classico Superiore, Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC 14.5% (Italy) $65.00.
85 Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 16% (Italy) $138.00.
90 Borgo Isolabella Della Croce 2016 Valdiserre, Moscato d’Asti DOCG 5.5% (Italy) $45.00.
86 Borgo Isolabella Della Croce 2013 Bricco del Falco, Pinot Nero, Piemonte DOC 13.5% (Italy) $142.00.
86 Ceste 2014 Barbera, Piemonte 13.5% (Italy) $36.00.
89 Chateau Arnaud 2014 St. Estèphe 13% (France) $66.00.
91 Chateau Bois de Rolland 2015 Vieilles Vignes, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $29.00.
90 Chateau Calvimont 2015 Graves Blanc 12.5% (France) $42.00.
94 Chateau Calvimont 2015 Graves Rouge 12.5% (France) $44.00.
92 Chateau Chantelune 2015 Margaux 13.5% (France) $123.00.
90 Chateau Crusquet de Lagarcie 2011 Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $32.00.
92 Chateau Crusquet de Lagarcie 2012 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $31.00.
92 Chateau de Reynaud 2014 Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $29.00.
84 Chateau Desarnaud 2014 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $31.00.
88 Chateau du Bergey 2016 Cuvée Tradition, Fronsac 13.5% (France) $34.00.
91 Chateau du Moulin 2015 Haut-Médoc 13.5% (France) $80.00.
93 Chateau Ferran 2014 Les Cotes, Pessac-Léognan Rouge 13.5% (France) $80.00.
91 Chateau Gemeillan 2012 Médoc Cru Bourgeois 13% (France) $51.00.
92 Chateau Gemeillan 2014 Médoc Cru Bourgeois 13% (France) $52.00.
90 Chateau Gemeillan 2015 Médoc Cru Bourgeois 13.5% (France) $53.00.
87 Chateau Graves de Pez 2014 St. Estèphe 13% (France) $66.00.
84 Chateau Haut Bourcier 2012 Cuvée Romy, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13% (France) $27.00.
92 Chateau Haut Boutisse 2012 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 13.5% (France) $67.00.
93 Chateau Haut Boutisse 2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 13.5% (France) $75.00.
90 Chateau Haut de la Becade 2007 Pauillac 12.5% (France) $89.00.
89 Chateau La Graviere Grand Poujeaux 2012 Moulis-en-Médoc 13% (France) $71.00.
87 Chateau La Gregoire 2014 St. Emilion 12.5% (France) $49.00.
93 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2011 Cuvée Geraldine, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $44.00.
88 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2012 Cuvée Geraldine, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $45.00.
88 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2015 Coeur de Cuvée, Bordeaux Supèrieur 14% (France) $49.00.
89 Chateau Lalande Villeneuve 2014 Médoc 13% (France) $35.00.
86 Chateau Lamartine 2016 Merlot, Côtes de Bordeaux Castillon 13.5% (France) $37.00.
89 Chateau le Manoir 2014 Cuvee les Graves, Lalande de Pomerol 13% (France) $59.00.
89 Chateau le Manoir 2015 Cuvée Les Graves, Lalande de Pomerol 14% (France) $58.00.
91 Chateau les Anguilleys 2012 Cru Bourgeois, Médoc 13% (France) $49.00.
95 Chateau Les Vimieres 2014 Haut-Médoc 13.5% (France) $78.00.
90 Chateau Mille Roses 2012 Haut-Médoc 12.5% (France) $77.00.
92 Chateau Mille Roses 2011 Haut-Médoc 13% (France) $78.00.
96 Chateau Moulin de la Rose 2014 St. Julien 13.5% (France) $129.00.
94 Chateau Prieurs de la Commanderie 2014 Pomerol 13.5% (France) $123.00.
94 Chateau Segur de Cabanac 2014 St. Estèphe 13.5% (France) $102.00.
89 Chateau Segur de Cabanac 2015 St. Estèphe 13.5% (France) $99.45.
88 Chateau Tour du Moulin 2015 Cuvée Les Terres Rouges, Fronsac 14% (France) $45.00.
92 Clos Larcis 2014 Grand Cru, St. Emilion 13.5% (France) $143.00.
91 Dauprat 2015 Pauillac 13.5% (France) $86.00.
93 Domaine des Mimosas 2015 Lalande de Pomerol 13.5% (France) $50.00.
90 Domaine du Plantey 2015 Castillon, Côtes de Bordeaux 14% (France) $27.00.
90 Dominio de Taurum 2016 Tempranillo, Toro 14.5% (Spain) $34.00.
85 Les Esperons 2016 Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc IGP 13% (France) $34.00.
92 Monteversa 2016 Versavo Bianco, Veneto IGP 12.5% (Italy) $59.00.
89 Monteversa 2016 Animaversa, Chardonnay, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $78.00.
91 Monteversa 2016 Animaversa, Manzoni, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $78.00.
89 Monteversa 2016 Versacinto Rosso, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $60.00.
89 Monteversa 2016 Biodiversa Rosso, Veneto IGT 13% (Italy) $50.00.
93 Monteversa 2015 Animaversa Rosso, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $98.00.
94 Monteversa 2014 Rossodiversa, Colli Euganei 12% (Italy) $55.00.
87 Tenuta Ripalte 2015 Costa Toscana IGT 13% (Italy) $72.00.
94 Terre du Lion 2015 St. Julien 13.5% (France) $91.00.

Regional Dessert Wine

There are numerous dessert wines in Italy; today the most popular is Moscato d'Asti from Piedmont. Also in this region is a similarly styled red, slightly sparkling wine called Brachetto. A delightful wine, full of cranberry and strawberry fruit and red rose aromas,this is very light with a touch of sweetness and is ideal consumed fresh with strawberries or peaches.

There are other examples of sweeter Moscato from Italy; many of these are very light and medium-sweet; some are mixed with peach juice. These are meant to be sipped near the pool during summer.

Other celebrated dessert wines from Italy include Vin Santo - "the wine of the saints" - a lush, very rich sweet wine made from dried grapes. Loaded with caramel, honey and butterscotch flavors when young, these wines age very well (10-15 years) and taste more like dried sherries as they mature.

Veneto is home to two other famous dessert wines; both are called Recioto. One is Recioto di Soave, made from Garganega grapes; this is a white dessert wine that is quite rich (though not as full-bodied as Vin Santo); pair with cookies and pastries. The other is Recioto di Valpolicella, made from red grapes used in the Valpolicella district; this is full of black raspberry fruit, is moderately sweet and even a bit decadent! Drink upon release or in ten years' time; pair with chocolate or a blackberry tart.