Inexpensive Italian Sweet Wines

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007 at 12:00 am

With over 350 types of Italian wine, consumers tend to overlook its sweet wines that are usually taken either alone or after a hearty meal like a dessert. Here are some of the most affordable Italian sweet wines available today.

 italian sweet wines

Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d’Asti – This is one of the most sublime and delicate of all dessert wines, which should be consumed at its freshest and most youthful. Its very low level of alcohol makes it particularly light and soft on the palate. The name "Nivole," which means "clouds" in Piedmontese dialect, appropriately suggests the wine’s airy, elegant quality. It fragrance is intense, offset by musky notes, leading to a refined sweetness supported by an excellent acidity on the palate. This wine costs around $13.

 italian sweet wines

Saracco Moscato d’Asti - This wine is perfumed with notes of fresh lychee, pear, and white flower floating from the glass. The effect on the palate is lifted by the sparkle and touches of residual sugar with candied essence to the fresh fruit. This wine costs around $15.

 italian sweet wines

Ca’ d’Gal Lumine Moscato d’Asti – This is a classic Moscato d’Asti in its purest appearance. With vineyards outside of Valdivilla, this estate is indeed located at the steepest and most precious Moscato sites. It is vinified with the best cooling techniques and long lees contact. With a delicate scent of mandarin oranges and roses, carried by refreshing and gentle effervescence, and a finishing that has a perfect balance of fruit and sweet notes of mandarin. This wine costs around $17.

 italian sweet wines

Braida Vigna Senza Nome – This Moscato possesses aromas of fresh roses, orange blossoms, musk and melons. Bright straw yellow with nice foam and rich perlage. A sweet graceful flavor with a delicious and long finish. This wine costs around $18.

 italian sweet wines

Villa Petriolo Vin Santo del Chianti - This Chianti has a clear and bright amber color. On the nose, the aromatic component is varied, with fragrances ranging from hazelnut to honey with elegant nuances of vanilla for that added finesse. It bears an intriguing flavor at first, rather enveloping and velvety. The body appears linear, sufficiently dense and balanced. The finish is enjoyable in a crescendo of flavor. This wine costs around $36.

 

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