2015 Donnafugata "Ben Ryè" Passito di Pantelleria (375ml)

SKU #1315023 97 points Decanter

 Dark honey-gold in colour, with burnished bitter-sweet orange scents almost smoky in their intensity. The wine is thick, intense and weighty on the tongue, oily in texture, with a saturation of scent which would seem unbalanced were it not for the 193 grammes of residual sugar to resolve and refine it. A saline note adds a further factor of balance to this exotic southerner. 2018-2020.  (5/2017)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Made from 100% dried Zibibbo grapes, this iconic dessert wine opens with enticing aromas of apricot jam, acacia honey and tangerine zest. The savory, balanced palate doles out mature fig, date, lemon jam and a touch of bergamot on the long finish. (KO)  (8/2018)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2017 | Send Email
This wine is amazing, if the nose alone doesn’t get you the balance will. These grapes come from and island off the south coast of Sicily where these vines are grown in terraces cascading down to the sea, all head trained vines, the work is back breaking to care for and harvest the fruit. The nose is hypnotic, a wild blend of middle eastern spices, with dried mango, ginger, honey, lime peel, grapefruit it’s got everything. On the palate the wine has density it just flows across your tongue, like waves of spice lapping up on shore. So complex, so well balanced it doesn’t come across as sticky, it’s just superbly balanced. A long finish, more and more flavors emerge, this is something to behold.
Drink from 2017 to 2020

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5