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Susannah Gold

My indispensable Dessert Wine

Barbaresco, this Nebbiolo based wine is a tad more feminine than Barolo. I think it is a very elegant wine with finesse. Pio Cesare makes a beautiful one as does Produttori del Barbaresco and La Spinetta to name a few. Barbaresco is slightly warmer in climate than Barolo so its wines are a bit softer. They too contain the same beautiful aromas and flavors of flowers and spice but have mores supple tannins and a bit more minerality.
My indispensable dessert wine Vin Santo. I usually have one from Susanna Crociani in my home. Vin Santo, is made from dried grapes of Trebbiano and Malvasia, which are aged in Caratelli - small barrels and are aged in a Vinsantaia. It is nutty and has wonderful dried fruit and honey notes on the nose and palate.
Susannah Gold


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  • Snooth User: Zuiko
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    I have been a fan of dessert wines since the mid 70's and was a bit surprised to not see any Beerenauslese or Australian Tawny listed. Mid to lower Mosel Beerenauslese get my vote. Coming in at a close second are the Tawnies from Morris of Australia. I should mention Wente's Late Harvest Riesling as well, since it is a winner as well.

    Feb 12, 2014 at 5:54 PM

  • Snooth User: orink3
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    I like @Zuiko's choices, but I would suggest a "4 sips of each" tasting between any of those and a bottle of Hirschbach & Sohne's 2011 bottling of Piesporter Michaelsberg Riesling Auslese @ $ 13.00/ bottle... (or less). That addition won't set you back much more and will provide an interesting "bang for the buck" comparison.

    Feb 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM

  • Snooth User: EMark
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    C'mon guys. Is everybody afraid being the one who picks the obvious? GDP came close when he suggested Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon as an alternative to one of the Valentine's Day light meals the other day, but how can nobody pick Terra Valentine Amore?

    -- It has "Valentine" in the name.

    -- It has a heart on the label.

    -- It also has "Love" in the name.


    Feb 12, 2014 at 6:26 PM

  • Snooth User: qutiful
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    Feb 12, 2014 at 7:09 PM

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