Passito de Pantelleria "Ben Ryé," Donnafugata
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Half-Bottle of Passito de Pantelleria "Ben Ryé," Donnafugata - 2021

Item # 20661 375mL

Hailing from the volcanic island of Pantelleria on the southern coast of Sicily, where winds are so strong that the grapes dry and shrivel, comes this unctuous delicacy. Viscous and amber in color, the wine gives spicy orange peel notes on the nose, which culminate in an intense and almost fortified quality on the palate.

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Made from Zibbibo grapes on the tiny Italian island of Pantelleria, Donnafugata's Ben Rye is a thrilling dessert wine of incredible character and a benchmark for the passito (dried grape) style. Allow me to break down this singular vinous experience for you! To begin with the color of the wine is a gorgeous shimmering amber. Don't hesitate to break out your thinnest and finest stemware to observe the beauty of this nectar. Then on the nose- golden raisins, orange oil, pineapple, dried apricots, and sunflowers. You'd be forgiven for momentarily drifting off into a transcendental state of mind. On the palate what's really striking is how the acidity provides a perfect canvas and lift for the climax of luscious flavor on finish. Pair with a myriad of desserts and cheeses but especially Stilton drizzled with honey!

- AG

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