Donnafugata Ben Ryè Moscato Passito di Pantelleria DOC 2010
Harvesting takes place in 11 different areas with a variety of ripening times. After 15th August, the harvest begins by picking the grapes destined to dry naturally in the sun and the wind for 20-30 days. In September, the less mature vineyards are harvested. During fermentation, the dried grapes are de-stemmed by hand, and added to the fresh must in several batches. During maceration, the dried grapes release their extraordinary qualities of persuasive sweetness, freshness and a special aroma. The wine then ages in stainless steel vats for at least 7 months, followed by 12 months in bottles.
Ben Rye from Donnafugata has an intense amber color. Just by looking at the color I could already tell that this was the real deal. The bouquet consists mostly of candid oranges, peach, wild herbs and honey. Alcohol by volume was label listed at 14.5%. On the palate, Ben Rye was extremely soft with a delicious sweetness. I tasted some candid fruits and minerals. A very complex wine with a lingering finish. Tasting notes from Vino in Love: http://vinoinlove.com/an-italian-must-try-2010-donnafugata-ben-rye-passito-di-pantelleria-doc/
The nose is like sweetened condensed peach juice, from a can. Kind of a sharp and volatile mouth, with tons of fruit, and lots of sweetness. Slightly metallic finish.
Layered dessert wine goes well with Peach or light chocolate. I really enjoy Sicilian wines.
Bright orange marmalade on the nose and big dried apricot with some honey and a nice nuttiness. Alcohol. Brown sugar. On the palate, it's bright, zesty and flavorful with orange peel, peach compote, golden raisins, orange marmalade and spice. Really lovely flavors. 3/10/12
From my online review of Donnafugata Ben Rye 2008 at http://www.dalluva.com/wine-journal/5-italian-wines-that-know-how-to-party/ Off the southern coast of Sicily, smack dab in the middle of the Mediterranean and a stones throw away from rebellious Tunisia lies the tiny, sirocco-swept island of Pantelleria. This island is heavenly to visit on holiday in July and August, but there’s a drying wind that constantly blows late in the fall, desiccating the Zibibbo grape (think Moscato) grown here into nearly raisins. It gets so windy here that the wine producers grow the grapes in low, circular bundles to protect the grappoli (bunches) from being knocked off the vine. This is extreme wine making at its most passionate, and Pantelleria has a long history of making mind-blowing sweet wines. Donnafugata makes about 10,000 bottles of this rare and extraordinary wine, which they named Ben Ryé, from the Arabic “Son of the Wind”. The nose has a whole lot going on, with sweet spices, brown sugar and stone fruits wafting up from the glass. On the palate it’s a kaleidoscope of flavors – apricot, grilled peaches, vanilla, baking spices, and remarkably balanced acidity that makes for a not-too-sweet experience. I drink this as a dessert in itself, but you can pair it with panna cotta, crème brulee, or just dip little almond biscotti in it. If you’re into bleu cheeses, pair them with Ben Ryé. Both the 2007 and 2008 vintages are fantastic, so pick up whichever one you can find. If this wine doesn’t blow you away, I’ll turn in my Sommelier certification.
External Reviews for Donnafugata Ben Ryè Moscato Passito di Pantelleria DOC
Looking for a sophisticated and refined sweet wine then look no further. The Donnafugata Ben Rye is absolutely delicious and a great way to cap off a meal and or night.
Bright golden with amber glints; to the nose it shows notes of apricot, fig, date, candied citrus and Mediterranean maquis. In the mouth its sweetness is perfectly balanced by freshness and minerality. Very long aromatic persistence. A wine of great complexity
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.
Complex and ample sweet wine with an outstanding freshness. On the nose intense notes of apricot and peach followed by sweet sensations of dried figs and honey, aromatic herbs and mineral notes.
94 Points Stephen Tanzer. `Golden yellow with a bright orange tinge. Explosive highly perfumed aromas of ripe apricot peach citrus fruits cinnamon and pepper. Pure and clean with impressive depth to the ripe citrus and peach flavors. An undercurrent of tropical fruits contributes volume and flesh. The concentrated very long finish throws off notes of lavender and acacia honey. Perhaps the best ever Ben Rye amazingly intense yet elegant and impeccably balanced.Depending on the vintage it is made up of grapes from 3 to 11 vineyards located in different sub-zones on the island of Pantelleria.`
Food Pairings for Donnafugata Ben Ryè Moscato Passito di Pantelleria DOC
The wine displays its extraordinary personality and depth in its bright amber colour. After the first, intense notes of apricot and peach, come sweet sensations of dried fig, honey, herbs and mineral notes. Impressive on the palate with an outstanding complexity due to a fusion of sweetness, tastiness and softness. A prolonged finish.
80.000 bottles produced.
Notes: the wine ages in stainless steel vats for at least 4 months,followed by six months in bottles
|Alcohol: 14.5%||pH: 3.82|
|Sugar: 203 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 7.16 grams per liter|
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