2015 Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria DOC, Donnafugata

2015 Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria DOC, Donnafugata

This is unctuous and fine, with pure fruit and apricots, if not a hint of marmalade, and candied ginger. There’s so much texture here, with amazing freshness for such a rich wine. And it's impossible not to overlook the finish, which is unending. This will give so much pleasure straight away, and for years to come.

Critic score
95/100 info

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Wine details

  • Region & country
  • Grape
    Muscat of Alexandria
  • Maturity
    Ready 2019 - 2040info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Half (37.5cl.)
  • ABV
  • Classification
    DOC - Denominazione di Origine Controllata

Tasting notes

Bright dark golden-yellow with orange tinges. Enticing aromas of very ripe tangerine jelly, orange oil, white flowers, raisins, figs, marzapan and honey. Rich, dense and suave, with a creamy almost unctuous mouthfeel and flavors that are very similar to the aromas. Closes long and extremely dense, with repeating caramel apple, honey and peach flavors. One of the richest, creamiest Ben Ryés in memory, but a touch more acidity might have provided better lift and in that case I would have scored this even higher. Still, this is an absolute knockout, and you’ll never guess it has 14.5% alcohol.

Ian D'Agata, vinous.com