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          • Pieropan Recioto Di Soave Colombare 2004 Front Bottle Shot
            Pieropan Recioto Di Soave Colombare 2004
            Other Dessert from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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            • Castello di Monastero Lunanuova Vin Santo del Chianti 2004 Front Label
              Castello di Monastero Lunanuova Vin Santo del Chianti 2004
              Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Lanciola Vin Santo 2004 Front Label
                  Lanciola Vin Santo 2004
                  Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Fontodi Vin Santo 2004 Front Label
                      Fontodi Vin Santo 2004
                      Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                        • Viticcio Dolce Arianna Vin Santo 2004 Front Label
                          Viticcio Dolce Arianna Vin Santo 2004
                          Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                            • Ambra Vin Santo di Carmignano 2004 Front Label
                              Ambra Vin Santo di Carmignano 2004
                              Other Dessert from Carmignano, Tuscany, Italy
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                                • Badia a Coltibuono Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2004 Front Label
                                  Badia a Coltibuono Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2004
                                  Other Dessert from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                    • Castello di Bossi Vin San Laurentino 2004  Front Label
                                      Castello di Bossi Vin San Laurentino 2004
                                      Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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                                        • Benanti Coste di Mueggen Passito di Pantelleria 2004 Front Label
                                          Benanti Coste di Mueggen Passito di Pantelleria 2004
                                          Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
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                                            • Ruffino  'Serelle' Vin Santo del Chianti 2004 Front Label
                                              Ruffino 'Serelle' Vin Santo del Chianti 2004
                                              Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                                • Azienda Agricola Viviani Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2004 Front Label
                                                  Azienda Agricola Viviani Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2004
                                                  Other Dessert from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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                                                    • Vie di Romans Gran a Gran 2004 Front Label
                                                      Vie di Romans Gran a Gran 2004
                                                      Other Dessert from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                                        • Mastrojanni Botrys Toscana 2004 Front Label
                                                          Mastrojanni Botrys Toscana 2004
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                                                            • Dal Forno Romano Vigna Sere Passito Rosso 2004 Front Label
                                                              Dal Forno Romano Vigna Sere Passito Rosso 2004
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                                                                • San Felice Vinsanto del Chianti Classico 2004 Front Label
                                                                  San Felice Vinsanto del Chianti Classico 2004
                                                                  Other Dessert from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                                                    • Rocca di Montegrossi Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2004 Front Label
                                                                      Rocca di Montegrossi Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2004
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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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