Tried this dessert wine last night at BacchusBadBoys w/ Macarons:
1. Cascina Chicco Arcass Vendemmia Tardive Vino da Uve Stramature (12.5%) NV: Dark gold/burnished bronze color; very intense orangey/grapey/dried mangos/figgy slight earthy huge grapey nose; quite sweet bit soft very intense grapey/passito/orangey/dried mangos slight earthy lovely flavor; very long/lingering very intense grapey/passito/orange/dried mangos/figs very sweet finish; quite clean and huge grapey fruit but not at all raisened/pruney. $44/hlf
A wee BP:
1. This is a producer I'd never heard of before. They make a range of interesting wines; Nebbiolo, Barbera, Favorita, Brachetto, Arneis. This dessert wine is made from late harvest Arneis grapes that have been dried several months. Arneis, to me, has a distinct earthy/stoney character. I was not able to pick up anything in this wine that suggested Arneis. It was a hugely grapey wine that may have been a bit on the simple side, but still quite tasty and lovely.