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Santo Stefano

Santo Stefano
NV Lambrusco, Italy

Pair this wine with:
Chocolate Pork

Category: Regional Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 8%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$8.00
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Santo Stefano
NV Lambrusco, Italy

Pair this wine with:
Chocolate Pork

Category: Regional Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 8%
Dusty garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of spiced peaches, plums, and apples, nougat, and grape skin with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length cherry compote and lime sorbet finish with fine tannins and no oak. A very toothsome and mouthwatering Lambrusco that will be quite versatile.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Quaffable & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: spiced peaches, plums, and apples, nougat, and grape skin
Taste Flavor: cherry compote and lime sorbet
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chocolate Mousse, BBQ Pork, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very toothsome and mouthwatering Lambrusco that will be quite versatile.
The Producer

Riboli Family Wine Estates

The Producer
737 Lamar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
USA
1 323-223-1401
Regional Dessert Wine
Wine Glass Dessert.jpg
Serve in a Copita
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.
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