It’s been twelve years since we last reviewed Banfi’s delightful dessert wine Rosa Regali Sparkling Red, and it deserves another visit, particularly since it is joined this year by a new Sparkling White. Both are lightly fizzy, sweet dessert wines and both show particularly low abv: 7%. Let’s see how the Sparkling Red compares to our last review and give the new Sparkling White a try.
2021 Banfi Rosa Regali Sparkling Red – Made with Brachetto grapes, this wine remains as distinctive today as it was twelve years ago and tastes much the same. Popping the top, juicy sweet strawberries and raspberries fairly burst from the glass in a wine that goes brilliantly with dessert or as dessert. The bubbles are light and, coupled with light acidity, help balance the syrupy body of the wine for a nice mouthfeel. Banfi notes that this is an outstanding wine to pair with chocolate, but in his previous review, Chris found that it was too cloying to stand up to good chocolate. I tested it myself and found that the wine does not go well with dark chocolate, but it goes quite nicely with milk chocolate and is actually a special treat with white chocolate. Give it a try. A- / $19 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
2021 Banfi Rosa Regali Sparkling White – Made with Muscato Bianco grapes, this sparkling white wine has a light effervescence. Both the nose and palate present bright notes of honey, pear, and honey crisp apples along with strong sweetness. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, which is fine in a dessert wine, but the heavy-handed sweetness is not balanced by sufficient acidity, and it ends up being cloying. This may be the right choice for wine lovers with a sweet tooth, and it certainly works better paired with a sweet dessert or spicy food, but it wasn’t for me. B- / $19 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]