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            • Abraxas Vigne di Pantelleria Passito di Pantelleria 2003 Front Label
              Abraxas Vigne di Pantelleria Passito di Pantelleria 2003
              Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
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                • Hauner Malvasia delle Lipari 2003 Front Label
                  Hauner Malvasia delle Lipari 2003
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                    • Le Salette Amarone della Valpolicella Pergole Vece Recioto (500ML) 2003 Front Label
                      Le Salette Amarone della Valpolicella Pergole Vece Recioto (500ML) 2003
                      Other Dessert from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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                        • Castello di Bossi Vin San Laurentino 2003  Front Label
                          Castello di Bossi Vin San Laurentino 2003
                          Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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                            • Col d'Orcia Pascena Moscadello di Montalcino Vendemmia Tardiva 2003 Front Label
                              Col d'Orcia Pascena Moscadello di Montalcino Vendemmia Tardiva 2003
                              Other Dessert from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                                • Fattoria di Grignano Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina 2003 Front Label
                                  Fattoria di Grignano Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina 2003
                                  Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                  • Azienda Agrecola Ca' la Bionda Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Le Tordare 2003 Front Label
                                    Azienda Agrecola Ca' la Bionda Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Le Tordare 2003
                                    Other Dessert from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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                                      • Castelvecchio San Casciano 'Chiacchierata Notturna' Vin Santo del Chianti 2003 Front Label
                                        Castelvecchio San Casciano 'Chiacchierata Notturna' Vin Santo del Chianti 2003
                                        Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                          • Antonelli San Marco Montefalco Sagrantino Passito 2003 Front Label
                                            Antonelli San Marco Montefalco Sagrantino Passito 2003
                                            Other Dessert from Umbria, Italy
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                                              • Badia a Coltibuono Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2003 Front Label
                                                Badia a Coltibuono Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2003
                                                Other Dessert from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                                  • Nicolis Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2003 Front Label
                                                    Nicolis Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2003
                                                    Other Dessert from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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                                                      • Fontodi Vin Santo 2003 Front Label
                                                        Fontodi Vin Santo 2003
                                                        Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                                          Learn about Italian dessert wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...

                                                          For this look at Italian dessert wine, we will omit sweet sparkling options like Moscato d’Asti and Asti Spumante, which are covered in our discussion of Italian sparkling wine. We will also pass on sweet Vermouth and Barolo Chinato, both of which more typically serve as an aperitif or an ingredient in various cocktails. The country in fact produces hundreds of different sweet wines, but we will limit our focus to the following three classics.

                                                          One of the best-known Italian dessert wines is Vin Santo (“holy water”), produced in many parts of Italy but most widely in Tuscany, where it is commonly enjoyed after a meal with a type of biscotti called cantucci. Vin Santo is a passito wine, meaning it is made from grapes that have been dried for several months before fermentation, which can last for years. Typically, a blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia, Vin Santo can be made in dry or off-dry styles. But the best known versions are rich, complex and sweet, offering delectable notes of caramel, hazelnut, honey and dried apricot. Fortified examples do exist, but the finest are not fortified, coming in at 13%-14% alcohol.

                                                          Another passito Italian dessert wine option is Passito di Pantelleria, from the island of the same name. This of course is made in a similar manner as Vin Santo, although the passito juice is blended with fresh juice just before fermentation. But here the grape is Zibibbo, also known as Muscat of Alexandria. Beautifully aromatic as well as bursting with jammy flavors of figs, dates and apricots, this is lusciously sweet, and also about 14% alcohol.

                                                          Finally, we have to mention the fortified Italian dessert wine, Marsala. While commonly thought of today as a cheap cooking wine, Marsala at its best is remarkable. It is made from a variety of indigenous grapes grown near the Sicilian port city of Marsala and can be dry, semi-sweet or very sweet. The color also varies, with the three types being golden, amber and ruby – the latter actually quite rare. Another key variable is the amount of barrel aging, ranging from one year to ten. Production methods can also vary, but the most impressive types are made via a fractional blending process that is similar to the Sherry solera system. These Marsalas, especially those with five or more years in wood, offer tremendous richness and complexity to rival that of fine tawny Ports and oloroso Sherries.

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