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Englar Castle Winery

Englar Castle Winery
2015 Passito, Mitterberg IGT

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Regional Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 10% RS: 22%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$34.80

Englar Castle Winery
2015 Passito, Mitterberg IGT

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Regional Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 10% RS: 22%
Brilliant old gold color. Sweet, floral aromas and flavors of honey, amaretti cookies, honeysuckle blossoms, and pear blossom with a syrupy, crisp, very sweet fat body and an even, relaxed finish that exhibits notes of lychee and lemon curd with soft, fruit tannins. A honeyed dessert wine to dunk Italian cookies.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: honey, amaretti cookies, honeysuckle blossoms, and pear blossom
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of lychee and lemon curd
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A honeyed dessert wine to dunk Italian cookies.

The Producer

Englar Castle Winery

The Producer
Pigano 42
Appiano, BZ 39057
Italy
39 -3334953606

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.