Fattoria San Giuliano – Desiderio (100% Brachetto) – Alc 6.5%

In summer, enjoying the hot days at the beach or by the pool with a glass of chilled red wine. Yes, correct. White & Rose wines are always sipped on chilled, but only certain kinds of reds fair well in cooler temperatures. Almost on the opposite side of the spectrum of Lambrusco is Brachetto. I describe this wine as the red version or brother of Moscato d`Asti.

Brachetto is a red-wine grape originating in, and still almost exclusively grown in, the Piedmont region of Italy. The grape is somewhat more widespread: production mostly falling within an area of the provinces of Asti and Alessandria between the rivers Bormida and Belbo plus various parts of the province of Cuneo.

It is used to make not only red wines, but rosés and even sparkling wines. Despite being a light-bodied, low-alcohol wine, Brachetto is highly aromatic. Red and black raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are terms frequently used to describe the profound scent. The wine is best consumed in its youth, and is typically served slightly chilled, often with fresh fruit.

It is produced by macerating the must with the grape skins for approximately two days, during which time the characteristic ruby pigment leaches out. After fermentation, because of the high sugar content in the grape, there is still sugar left in the juice. As the wine sits in a stainless steel tank, this remaining sugar causes a second fermentation to happen, creating the CO2 that makes the bubbles. The result is a “frizzante” style with 5% alcohol or a “spumante” style with 7% alcohol.

There is a certain degree of romance associated with Brachetto wines, which is exploited in the marketing of them. It is often touted as lovers’ wine and routinely features in Valentine’s Day sales.

Desiderio made from 100% Brachetto, by Fattoria San Giuliano. The carefully selected grapes, are harvested at full maturity, and vinified immediately as they arrive at the winery. The result is a medium-bodied red, with no tannins and medium (+) acidity, sweet, fresh, wonderful aromas of strawberries, berries and roses and fizzy wine. It has distinctive notes of strawberries and berries. The scent has a musky aroma, very delicate, characteristic of the Brachetto vine. Served and enjoyed chilled.

It’s almost like a refreshing cocktail in itself.

With such a low ABV of 6.5%, as is typical with brachetto, a bottle of this will disappear before you know it. Lightly sparkling and suitably sweet, this isn’t a wine that takes itself too seriously and for that reason goes down a treat with dessert.

A perfect match with:

  • Rich, Creamy Chocolate Desserts like Ganache and Mousse
  • Berry tarts, Cheesecake, Cakes and Shortbread
  • Strawberry Ice-Cream & Fruit Sorbets
  • Spicy and Ethnic Indian food
  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Fresh Pasta Stuffed with Meat
  • Pumpkin Ravioli
  • Prosciutto di Parma
  • Cold, Sliced Veal with Creamy Mayonnaise-like Sauce
  • Pulled Pork Wraps
  • BBQ Ribs
  • Fried Vegetables
  • Parmigiano Reggiano & Grana Cheese
  • Gnocco Fritto (Fried Bread)

 

 

 

 

 

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