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2006 Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria (half bottle)
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2008

($40) 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's made up of grapes from 3 to 11 vineyards located in different sub-zones on the island of Pantelleria, one of my favorite wine spots and a uniquely beautiful region. (Folio Fine Wine Partners, Napa, CA)

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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by john1164
Agree completely on the beautiful apricot overtones and golden color. Not too much sugar and served chilled it is an excellent post dinner delight.It has a fruity nose and a lon finish. The dominant flavor s are paricot and maybe even some peach on the palate. I think Pantelleria makes the best Apssito in Italy and this is one of the top producers. Excellent desert wine.
A delight to the palette
by Crawley12969119
This wine has beautiful apricot overtones and golden color. Perfectly balanced between sugar and acid it will delight. We enjoyed it chilled at the end of dinner and recommend it as the best tried to date for this type of wine. My husband and I found it only in Italy and would love to locate it here in the US.


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