Donnafugata Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria DOC 2009

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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 con... Read more

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. Slig... Read more

Also made from Zibbibo, but those that are destined to dry naturally in the sun and that made it through three selections! The name is derived from... Read more

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Snooth User: vino in love
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 03/03/2013

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/


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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3.00 5
12/14/2011

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.


Snooth User: shsim
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4.00 5
06/23/2012

Also made from Zibbibo, but those that are destined to dry naturally in the sun and that made it through three selections! The name is derived from Bent El Riah, the Arabic name for the island of Pantelleria. Although they say that it means 'Son of the Wind', on the Wikipedia page for Pantelleria, it means Daughter of the Wind. Bent in Arabic definitely means Daughter so perhaps Donnafugata needs to tweak their description a little. Or perhaps Ben Rye in italian means Son of the wind? I doubt it though. This dessert wine after triple selection is very smooth like one is having silky Mangosteens. The aroma even reminds me of mangosteen (how I miss the fruit!) and of raisins and apricot. It tasted of sweet plums, figs and honey with hints of toastiness (drying in the sun). Picked from the oldest vines, Ben Rye will be a great dessert! For more on the tasting, please visit http://dionyshius.blogspot.com/2012/06/donnafugata.html


Snooth User: Tim 2010
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3.50 5
09/15/2012

Layered dessert wine goes well with Peach or light chocolate. I really enjoy Sicilian wines.

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  • Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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    5.00 5
    Vintage: 2008 04/03/2012

    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


    Snooth User: dalluva
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    4.50 5
    Vintage: 2007 06/18/2011

    From my online review of Donnafugata Ben Rye 2007 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.


    Snooth User: Daniel Petroski
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    5.00 5
    Vintage: 2006 03/12/2008

    Viscous peachy and apricot syrup on the nose and mid-palate; finishes very clean and bright, acidic.


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    External Reviews for Donnafugata Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria DOC

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    Vintage: 2007 11/10/2010

    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.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2006 12/14/2008

    The wine displays its extraordinary personality and depth initially with its bright amber yellow color. After the first, intense notes of apricot and peaches, the bouquet offers sweet sensation of dried figs, honey, herbs and mineral notes. The wine is impressive on the palate with its outstanding complexity due to a fusing of sweetness, sapidity and softness. A prolonged finish.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2006 10/07/2009

    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.`


    External Review
    Vintage: 2006 01/18/2009

    Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 93 EDITORS CHOICEThe folks at Donnafugata, one of Sicily's most dynamic wineries, have inaugurated a new winery on the volcanic island of Pantelleria fully dedicated to the production of their precious Ben Ry passito. The amber-colored wine is vibrant, brilliant and its purity of aromas is outstanding. Dried figs, apricot, honey, almond and fragrant herbs are delivered in thick, generous layers. Tingly acidity cleans the palate and powers a long, delectable finish. Made from sun-dried Zibibbo grapes, this wine is the best of its kind and can be paired with sugary treats or, better yet, with Stilton blue cheese or gorgonzola.Wine Tasting Notes100% Zibibbo (Moscato d Alessandria) The wine displays its extraordinary personality and depth initially with its bright amber yellow color. After the first, intense notes of apricot and peaches, the bouquet offers sweet sensation of dried figs, honey, herbs and mineral notes. The wine is impressive on the palate with its outstanding complexity due to a fusing of sweetness, sapidity and softness. A prolonged finish.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2006 10/07/2009

    94ST no further case discount


    External Review
    Vintage: 2006 08/06/2010

    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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    Winemaker's Notes:

    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 4 months, followed by 6 months in bottles.

    Tasting Notes:

    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.

    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 4 months, followed by 6 months in bottles.

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    80.000 produced.

    Closure: Cork

    Aged 5 months in Steel.

    Aged 6 months in bottle.

    Notes: In stainless steel for 4-5 months and at least 6 months in bottle before being realised to the market.

    Chemical Analysis:

    Alcohol: 14.13% pH: 3.82
    Sugar: 203 grams per liter Total Acidity: 7.16 grams per liter

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