2011 Donnafugata "Ben Ryè" Passito di Pantelleria (375ml)

SKU #1147894 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow-gold color. Pungent, tangy aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, lime blossom, apricot and sweet spices on the mesmerizingly pure nose. Juicy, intense and penetrating, with razor-sharp acidity lifting and focusing the thick, concentrated grapefruit, honeyed peach, orange peel, cinnamon and ginger flavors. This shows a near-perfect sugar/acid balance, and comes across as light on its feet for such a rich, concentrated wine. The slowly building, palate-staining finish goes on and on, with repeating floral and honey notes. This is always Donnafugata's best wine, and this vintage is one of their best ever. Readers should be aware that moscato di Alessandria is usually called zibibbo in Italy (which is also its official name, by the way). (100% moscato di Alessandria)  (3/2014)

K&L Notes

Donnafugata "Ben Ryè" has been called "one of Italy's most pedigreed dessert wines" by Wine Advocate (6/2011). Made from the Zibibbo (Moscato d'Alessandria) grape, it is just 14.5% abv, so it's not portlike, and makes a great partner for blue cheese, ricotta-filled desserts, and chocolates. The winery suggests, too, that it be considered as "An extraordinary meditation wine, it's the ideal companion while reading a book or listening to music. We recommend it as sweet ending of an elegant dinner as well as your first date. Complex and ample sweet wine with an outstanding freshness. On the nose intense notes of apricot and peach follewed by sweet sensations of dried figs and honey, aromatic herbs and mineral notes."

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Sicily

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5