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Gina

Gina
NV Casa Rossa Sweet Red , Italy

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Sweet Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 5% RS: 11.5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$12.99

Gina
NV Casa Rossa Sweet Red , Italy

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Sweet Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 5% RS: 11.5%
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.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Non-Oaky, Old World & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: boysenberry creme brulee, cherry soda float, and strawberry jam on brioche
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of orange-peach sorbet, pomegranate chutney, and macadamia toffee
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Creme Brulee, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fun and flavor-packed ride with balanced sweetness, acidity and varietal character.

The Producer or Importer

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The Producer or  Importer
18 Weyburn Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
USA
1 914-882-4285

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Sweet Wine

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Serve in a Copita
A dessert wine is just that, a wine made strictly to pair with desserts at the end of a meal. Dessert wines are sweet wines; while many are naturally sweet, some are sweetned through the addition of grape must.

Famous dessert wines include Sauternes from France’s Bordeaux region, Rutherglen Muscat from Australia and vendages tardives (“late picked”) from France’s Alsace region. Germany also produces many famous dessert wines, ranging from Spatlese to Eiswein (made from frozen grapes).

Dessert wines from Italy include Vin Santo, Recioto di Soave and Recioto di Valpolicella. While some dessert wines have alcohol in the 12-14% range, others such as Moscato d’Asti from Piedmont in northern Italy are very low in alcohol (5.5%).

Dessert wines can accompany certain specific foods, especially cakes, almond tortes and fruit tarts; however, Sauternes and foie gras is a classic pairing.

While some lighter dessert wines such as Moscato d’Asti or Brachetto d’Acqui are meant for consumption upon release, others such as Sauternes or Auslese from Germany can age for decades, thanks to their high natural sugar concentration.