2010 Recioto di Soave Classico "Costeggiola" [375ml] (Guerrieri Rizzardi)
Guerrieri Rizzard, Recioto di Soave Classico "Costeggiola" [375ml], Veneto, Italy, 2010100% Garganega CARAMEL, SPICE, DRIED FRUIT AND NUTS Friends, Romans, and countrymen all agree, this is the product of good ears ("recie" in the local dialect) - the top-most, most sun-ripened grapes on the bunch, which are then dried in the sun until their juice is concentrated and powerful; on such a full sea we are now afloat, redolent of caramel, brown sugar, and spice, with golden raisins, dried orange peel & a touch of ginger. Rich sweetness gives way to pleasant, palate-cleansing acidity. The inevitable end to a meal is dessert, and this is a dessert wine fit for the gods. Serving Suggestion: Simple, not-very-sweet cookies like shortbread or biscotti, dunked into the wine. Use as part of a zabaglione - a light whipped custard - and pour over fresh berries. By itself, sipped slowly, sitting outside under the faultless stars.