Rosa Regale Brachetto D’Acqui 2003 Banfi (PB)
This is a sparkling red dessert wine from Italy with a brilliant raspberry red color and a sweet, fruity bouquet to match. In the mouth it is intensely sweet and only very lightly “frizzante” (sparkling) with a rich sweetness that borders on, but doesn’t cross, being cloying. This is so raspberryish that if I didn’t know better I would have even thought it was a raspberry wine.
The finish is actually lingering and creamy. With a pretty good chill on it, it is refreshing as an apperitffe which is why we opened it on the eve of our 32nd wedding anniversary before going out to dinner. It was a treat but not an especially great value at $17 for 375ml. Raise a glass today to our 32 years together!