2006 Trabucchi d’Illasi – Recioto di Soave DOCG

Outstanding sweet wine

A few days ago, I tweeted that I was going to try Trabucchi d’Illasi’s Recioto di Soave (2006 vintage).  I have previously reviewed quite a lot of wines from this Venetian winery, including their 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella (3 bicchieri Gambero Rosso). Trabucchi keeps impressing me over and over again. In my opinion there is no other winery that produces so many outstanding wines. Enough of the praises.

The term “Recioto” derives from a Venetian dialect word “recia”, which refers to the superior bunches of grapes. Recioto is expensive to produce because only the very best grapes are used. After harvest the grapes get sun-dried on straw mats for approximately 40 days. During this process, the grapes lose around 80% of their weight. Cheap Recioto simply produced from grapes that were not sun-dried long enough which causes the wine to be less sweet and since Recioto is a sweet wine you want the wine to be sweet so do not buy cheap Recioto. Keep in mind that Recioto di Soave is a white sweet wine while Recioto della Valpolicella is a red one.

Trabucchi d’Illasi’s Recioto di Soave is named after the DOCG appellation of the same name. The wine is blended with traditional Soave grapes. Mostly Garganega. After fermentation, the wine ages in French oak barrels for several years.

Tasting notes ‘Recioto di Soave’

2006 Trabucchi d'Illasi - Recioto - Recioto di Soave‘Recioto di Soave’ had an intense, brilliant amber color. 12.5% was the label listed ABV. On the nose there was a heavy aroma of wild flowers – especially chamomile and elderflower, lots of white chocolate and a few aromatic herbs. An incredibly elegant bouquet, which made me even more excited to take a first sip.

It was amazing! Sweet but not too much (Trabucchi’s Passito Sparavieri is sweeter for example). A very noble wine with notes of honey and caramelized white fruit (apricot, peach, etc.). ‘Recioto di Soave’ was well-structured and of good balance. The finish was long. Once again, elegant describes the palate best. The wine was outstanding. There is only one sweet wine which I consider better: Trabucchi’s Recioto della Valpolicella – that wine is simply unmatched.

4.5 / 5 stars      

The right glass

You might have noticed by looking at the picture that we served the wine big Bordeaux-glasses. This is essential because the wine needs lots of air in order to show its full beauty. The owner of Trabucchi, Giuseppe Trabucchi, explained that to me on two occasions – at a wine tasting dinner that I attended in Munich and when I was visiting the winery. We served a little bit of Recioto in a small dessert wine glass and there were really only less aromas on the nose so we poured the wine back from the tiny glass into a big glass.

Recommended food match

The wine does not go well with sweet desserts. No tiramisù, no crème brûlée and nothing else that is sweet. The wine itself is too sweet to be paired next to such a dish. So what to chose? If you really want to pair this wine with food then go with aged Parmigiano Reggiano (at least 20 months). It is the only thing I can recommend to eat with this wine. I ate a few “pieces” (usually this cheese is not thinly sliced) of Parmigiano Reggiano myself while enjoying this Recioto and it worked out very well. In English Parmigiano Reggiano is also known as Parmesan cheese. If you find the cheese to be too expensive you can try Grana Padano but when spending so much on a wine you should really go for Parmigiano Reggiano here.

Parting words

In the 2013 edition of the Gambero Rosso (very reputable Italian wine critic) ‘Recioto di Soave’ was awarded with 2 bicchieri. The wine is only bottled in 0,375 liters bottles which retail, in my favorite Enoteca in Munich, for 38€. The wine can be purchased a the winery’s online shop for 32€ + shipping. I hope you’ll get a chance to taste this fantastic wine, if you cannot then try at least Trabucchi’s Recioto della Valpolicella once in your life.

This wine is part of my top 10.

Have you tried this wine before? What is your favorite dessert wine? Looking forward to your comments!


16 comments on “2006 Trabucchi d’Illasi – Recioto di Soave DOCG”

    • drinkforlife Reply

      Love the description of this Recioto 🙂 and I agree with PSsquared – I want those glasses! Where did you get them?

      • vino in love Reply

        Thanks for commenting.
        The glasses I use are actually intended for full-bodied red wines with an intense nose. I think that the Riedel ice wine glasses look more like white wine glasses but they probably work, too. The ice wine glasses are not what I call inexpensive. Trabucchi d’Illasi sells the glasses I use for 10€ each in their online shop.

        • talkavino Reply


          no questions – if someone can visit the winery, it is a lot more economical to buy the glasses there. However, if you will add shipping to US, those 20 euro will quick become quite more. Riedel Vinum Extreme is the closest in the shape to the glasses on your picture, and they have all kinds of red and white glasses in that series, with only nominal differences.

          • vino in love

            you are right with shipping it gets equally expensive. Just saw that the shipping for 2 glasses to for example France would cost already 20€.
            I will take a look at the Vinum Extreme series later today 🙂

      • winetalks winetalks Reply

        i own a set of glasses from riedl’s vinum extreme series. every time i host one of my wine dinners i tend to use them. some of the best glasses that i have. in my opinion is that good wine require good glasses. riedl vinum extreme glasses are a good investment. so if someone here is looking for glasses i can recommend them!

        • vino in love Reply

          Thank you for your input on this. I have Riedl glasses, too but am not sure when if they are part of the Vinum Extreme line or not. I’ll check once home.

  1. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    I haven’t had many sweet wines but this one seems to be really good although I have to say that your tasting notes for the recioto do valpolicela sound even better to me! 38 euro is over over $50 CAD. That’s pretty expensive for a 0.375 l bottle!

    • vino in love Reply

      Recioto is always expensive. It’s not your everyday wine. Personally I liked the Recioto di Valpolicella a little bit more but Trabucchi’s Recioto di Soave is also fantastic.

  2. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    At Gambero Rosso 2013 in Chiacgo last week I was very happy that I was able to try white and red Reciotos. Most of them tasted fantastic. I’m already looking forward to next years Gambero Rosso world tour.
    This Recioto from Trabucchi is out of my price range though..

    • vino in love Reply

      Did you try a Recioto from Trabucchi? I’m already looking forward to VinItaly and SlowWine 🙂
      Recioto in general is rather expensive. But if you get the chance to try it at a wine tasting then let me know if you liked it!

  3. winetalks winetalks Reply

    Your Trabucchi tasting notes always make me want to buy the wine immediately! I just love ’em. The only wine I tried from Trabucchi was the Dandarin which I had on Christmas Day. It was excellent. I’ll see if I can find this Recioto di Soave.

    • vino in love Reply

      Thank you so much! Dandarin is among my favorite reds but it’s not comparable to a Recioto di Soave. I hope you get to try the Recioto di Soave! Once you tried it please let me know if you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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