Saturday, May 19, 2012

Fattoria Monticino Rosso Albana di Romagna DOCG Passito 2007 88 Points

Clear, day bright, copper gold with yellow reflections on rim, medium plus concentration and high viscosity.

Clean, medium plus intensity, dried orange peel, raisin, dried straw complexity, honey, citrus peel, custard, burnt sugar / caramel and hints of cream, old wood influence.

Sweet, rich, honeyed note, low plus acidity but fresh, elegant extraction, medium bodied, barley / cereal complexity, mdeium plus alcohol (13.5%), medium plus lenght and medium plus complexity.

It's great to see a Passito finally available in South Africa, a sweet wine made by the process of Albana grape bunch dessication, in the Emilia Romagna region.

Initially it was very slow to take off, in the dessert wines by the glass offerings but since introducing a complementary tasting with cheese course or equally rich dessert such as Tiramisu, the uptake has been very good since then and customers love it, sometimes all it takes is a free tasting to a customer and you have made a friend and convert.

A great addition to any wine lists.