About Dessert Wines from Italy

About Dessert Wines from Italy
Italy is regularly the world's leading producer of wine quantity-wise (or second next to France - the numbers are very similar), which should come as no surprise, as wine is produced in each of the country's 20 regions (this is the only country in the world where this is true). While there are still many inexpensive red wines produced in the south as well as in Abruzzo in the country's central region,along with a multitude of value-priced whites from the Veneto region in the north, the emphasis over the last thirty years in the Italian wine industry has been more on quality as well as regional and varietal differences in their wines. Some of the world's most highly regarded red wines, such as Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany) as well as Barolo and Barbaresco (Piedmont) are produced in Italy and have brought the country great respect from critics and consumers the world round. Of course, Chianti is a moderately priced red that is as popular a red wine as there is anywhere and Barbera from Piedmont and Nero d'Avola from Sicily, two tangy, spicy reds, have become extremely popular over the past two decades. As of late, Italian white wines have made great strides, as examples from Friuli, Alto Adige and Campania among other regions, have been recognized for their distinctiveness and vibrancy. Combining a sense of history with the emphasis on traditional indigenous varieties, along with a willingness to experiment and craft wines that modern consumers are looking for, the Italian wine industry is as strong and as relevant as ever.

Top Picks for Italy

Dessert Wines

Corte Bella  Rosso
90 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry sorbet, pomegranate juice, rosehip preserves, and ume with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish conveying nuances of strawberry shortcake, raspberry gelee, and wet stone with no oak flavor. A delicious, fun and fizzy red that is sure to be a hit; drink up.
90 points $6.99 Best Buy
Pizzolato 2018 Sparkling Dessert Wine Moscato
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Aromas of honeysuckle, ripe apricot, and angel food cake with a round, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length peach nectar, sweet apple, orange marmalade, and honey finish with no oak flavor. A balanced and floral Moscato that is sure to please fans of the varietal.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
RICCO NV Dolce Italy
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Violet color. Sweet aromas and flavors of raspberry pastilles, honey on berries, and pomegranate juice with a slightly chewy, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, agreeable finish manifesting elements of seedless grapes. A juicy, fruity, bubbly red that’s great for spicy fried chicken or daytime celebrations.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Bella Bolle NV Rosso Italy
85 points
$7
Light ruby black color. Aromas of black raspberry, plum, citrus peel, white chocolate mint, and mixed berry smoothie with a round, lively, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, swift blood orange, cherry juice, pomegranate, jasmine, and lemon zest finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and no oak flavor. An off-dry sparkler for brunch quaffing.
Stella Mia NV Rosso E Dolce Italy
84 points
$9
Light garnet color. Aromas of dried strawberry, red cherry, raisin, dried fig, walnut liqueur, and wood varnish with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy plum, dried plum, golden raisins, sun tea, and dried cherries finish with fine, medium tannins and no oak flavor. A rich and nutty off-dry sparkler to pair with chocolate desserts.
Psecco NV Rosé Sparkling Wine Italy
84 points
$10
Silvery amber color. Aromas of apricot jam and strawberry handpie with a supple, crisp, effervescent, sweet light body and a silky, brisk cherry sorbet finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, bubbly pleaser for your sweet tooth.
Carletto NV Ricco Dolce Sweet Wine Italy
84 points
$10.99
Light ruby color. Aromas of raspberry, pomegranate juice, leather, dried leaves, and cranberry sauce with a soft, bright, spritzy, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, brisk cherry syrup and orange marmalade finish. A simple, sweet bubbly quaffer for everyday indulgences.
84 points $10.99
Gemma di Luna NV Italian Sparkling Wine
84 points
$14.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of tinned peaches, struck match, honey, and overripe pineapple with a gritty, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish with shades of lemon tea and Pez candies. A fun, bubbly wine for your sweet tooth.
84 points $14.99
Contempo NV Moscato Vino Frizzante Moscato
84 points
$10
Straw color. Aromas of peaches in syrup, honeycomb, magnolia, and wax candle with a glycerous, bright, spritzy, sweet light body and an effortless, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A funky Moscato for sweet indulgences.
Wifey NV Sparkling Rosé Italy
83 points
$21
Pale coral orange color. Aromas of red cherry, granny smith apple, yellow plum, and dried thyme with a satiny, fizzy, dryish thin body and a smooth, brisk nectarine and arugula finish with no oak flavor. A Sparkling Wine to play with in at-home cocktail creations.