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2015
91 pt

Bright red. Blue fruit and sweet spices on the explosively fruity nose. Then ... Leggi tutto

Bright red. Blue fruit and sweet spices on the explosively fruity nose. Then fresh, bright and juicy, offering red berry, red cherry and mineral flavors lifted by a bright violet kick. Finishes long and vibrant with a whiplash of fresh dark berries and noteworthy youthful tannic bite. Relatively low fermentation temperatures (79°F/26°C) help express the fruity nature of Nero d’Avola. Full of early appeal, this is a gorgeous wine for the money. Drinking window: 2016 – 2018. (Ian d’Agata)

Chiudi
USA
2016, December 8
Annata
2015
Punteggio
91 pt
Premio VINOUS
Descrizione

Bright red. Blue fruit and sweet spices on the explosively fruity nose. Then fresh, bright and juicy, offering red berry, red cherry and mineral flavors lifted by a bright violet kick. Finishes long and vibrant with a whiplash of fresh dark berries and noteworthy youthful tannic bite. Relatively low fermentation temperatures (79°F/26°C) help express the fruity nature of Nero d’Avola. Full of early appeal, this is a gorgeous wine for the money. Drinking window: 2016 – 2018. (Ian d’Agata)

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2016, December 8

2015
91+

Bright pale gold. High-toned peach, pineapple and sweet spice aromas. Super-ripe ... Leggi tutto

Bright pale gold. High-toned peach, pineapple and sweet spice aromas. Super-ripe and sweet, showing a late-harvest quality, but as glyceral as this is, there’s also terrific lift and acidity to the candied pineapple and ripe stone fruit flavors. The creamy finish is broad and very long. This is a dessert in itself but will match well with anything involving blue cheese or bottarga. Drinking window: 2016 – 2018. (Ian d’Agata)

Chiudi
USA
2016, December 8
Annata
2015
Punteggio
91+
Premio VINOUS
Descrizione

Bright pale gold. High-toned peach, pineapple and sweet spice aromas. Super-ripe and sweet, showing a late-harvest quality, but as glyceral as this is, there’s also terrific lift and acidity to the candied pineapple and ripe stone fruit flavors. The creamy finish is broad and very long. This is a dessert in itself but will match well with anything involving blue cheese or bottarga. Drinking window: 2016 – 2018. (Ian d’Agata)

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2016, December 8

2015
91

Pale straw. Intense melon, lemon and pear on the bright, very fruity nose. Then ... Leggi tutto

Pale straw. Intense melon, lemon and pear on the bright, very fruity nose. Then more ripe orchard fruit in the mouth, along with hints of custard cream and a saline bent. Lively, harmonious acidity on the long, juicy, and surprisingly spicy finish. Anthilia is always a great buy, but this 2015 is a knockout effort. Anthilia is the name in Latin of a mountain located behind the winery (the Italian name of which is Entella). Mainly Cataratto varieties and other local grapes. Drinking window: 2016 – 2017. (Ian d’Agata)

Chiudi
USA
2016, December 8
Annata
2015
Punteggio
91
Premio VINOUS
Descrizione

Pale straw. Intense melon, lemon and pear on the bright, very fruity nose. Then more ripe orchard fruit in the mouth, along with hints of custard cream and a saline bent. Lively, harmonious acidity on the long, juicy, and surprisingly spicy finish. Anthilia is always a great buy, but this 2015 is a knockout effort. Anthilia is the name in Latin of a mountain located behind the winery (the Italian name of which is Entella). Mainly Cataratto varieties and other local grapes. Drinking window: 2016 – 2017. (Ian d’Agata)

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2016, December 8

2015
91+

Pale straw. Lovely aromatic notes of lychee, white pepper, cinnamon and white ... Leggi tutto

Pale straw. Lovely aromatic notes of lychee, white pepper, cinnamon and white flowers. Bright but richly textured, showing sneaky concentration and lovely balance to the tropical fruit and floral flavors. Finishes very long and clean, showing an enticingly spicy sweet and sour component. Knockout wine. Today, Lighea is one of Donnafugata’s best wines, yet it has had a long and checkered history: it was originally made with Müller-Thurgau, then it was turned into a Zibibbo, Inzolia, and Cataratto Comune blend, and finally, since the 2009 vintage, it has been 100 percent Zibibbo. Donnafugata decided to go 100 percent Zibibbo once it planted Moscato di Alessandria on Pantelleria at higher altitudes (400 meters above sea level), in a much cooler microclimate ideal for making fresher, vibrant dry wines. Drinking window: 2016 – 2018. (Ian d’Agata)

Chiudi
USA
2016, December 8
Annata
2015
Punteggio
91+
Premio VINOUS
Descrizione

Pale straw. Lovely aromatic notes of lychee, white pepper, cinnamon and white flowers. Bright but richly textured, showing sneaky concentration and lovely balance to the tropical fruit and floral flavors. Finishes very long and clean, showing an enticingly spicy sweet and sour component. Knockout wine. Today, Lighea is one of Donnafugata’s best wines, yet it has had a long and checkered history: it was originally made with Müller-Thurgau, then it was turned into a Zibibbo, Inzolia, and Cataratto Comune blend, and finally, since the 2009 vintage, it has been 100 percent Zibibbo. Donnafugata decided to go 100 percent Zibibbo once it planted Moscato di Alessandria on Pantelleria at higher altitudes (400 meters above sea level), in a much cooler microclimate ideal for making fresher, vibrant dry wines. Drinking window: 2016 – 2018. (Ian d’Agata)

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2016, December 8

2014
90/100 pts.

Bright straw with gold highlights. Expressive aromas of grapefruit, lemon, ... Leggi tutto

Bright straw with gold highlights. Expressive aromas of grapefruit, lemon, raisin and sweet botanical herbs. Juicy and firmly built, offering outstanding intensity and precision to its classic Zibibbo flavors of ripe citrus fruit, raisin and sweet spices. This fresh, vibrant wine finishes with an attractive light touch and lingering mineral nuances. An outstanding dry Zibibbo, which is hardly surprising as the folks at Donnafugata are recognized masters of the variety (Ian d’Agata)

Chiudi
USA
Annata
2014
Punteggio
90/100 pts.
Premio VINOUS
Descrizione

Bright straw with gold highlights. Expressive aromas of grapefruit, lemon, raisin and sweet botanical herbs. Juicy and firmly built, offering outstanding intensity and precision to its classic Zibibbo flavors of ripe citrus fruit, raisin and sweet spices. This fresh, vibrant wine finishes with an attractive light touch and lingering mineral nuances. An outstanding dry Zibibbo, which is hardly surprising as the folks at Donnafugata are recognized masters of the variety (Ian d’Agata)

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2014
90/100 pts.

Gold-tinged yellow. Showy nose combines passion fruit, peach, mint and nut oil. ... Leggi tutto

Gold-tinged yellow. Showy nose combines passion fruit, peach, mint and nut oil. More peach and a slowly building floral quality in the mouth, along with a complicating element of exotic herbs and a mounting lemony presence. This big, rich wine benefits from ripe acidity that contributes to an impression of backbone, but still comes across as much lighter in style than other recent vintages of this wine. (Ian D’Agata)

Chiudi
USA
Annata
2014
Punteggio
90/100 pts.
Premio VINOUS
Descrizione

Gold-tinged yellow. Showy nose combines passion fruit, peach, mint and nut oil. More peach and a slowly building floral quality in the mouth, along with a complicating element of exotic herbs and a mounting lemony presence. This big, rich wine benefits from ripe acidity that contributes to an impression of backbone, but still comes across as much lighter in style than other recent vintages of this wine. (Ian D’Agata)

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2014
93+

Bright amber-gold. Penetrating aromas of aromatic spices and tropical fruit, ... Leggi tutto

Bright amber-gold. Penetrating aromas of aromatic spices and tropical fruit, complicated by honey and peach nectar. Saline and brightly acid, showing lovely lift to the rich, sweet flavors of spicy stone fruit, mango and grilled plantain. Long, rich and ripe but also very precise, showcasing lovely balance; I would have never guessed this has 199 g/L of residual sugar (the 7.9 g/L total acidity helped fool me). Strikes me as a much more freshly and lightly styled wine than some past vintages of Ben Ryé, but each will have its fans. Drinking window: 2016 – 2025. (Ian d’Agata)

Chiudi
USA
2016, December 8
Annata
2014
Punteggio
93+
Premio VINOUS
Descrizione

Bright amber-gold. Penetrating aromas of aromatic spices and tropical fruit, complicated by honey and peach nectar. Saline and brightly acid, showing lovely lift to the rich, sweet flavors of spicy stone fruit, mango and grilled plantain. Long, rich and ripe but also very precise, showcasing lovely balance; I would have never guessed this has 199 g/L of residual sugar (the 7.9 g/L total acidity helped fool me). Strikes me as a much more freshly and lightly styled wine than some past vintages of Ben Ryé, but each will have its fans. Drinking window: 2016 – 2025. (Ian d’Agata)

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2016, December 8

2014
90 pt.

Bright straw. Fresh, lively aromas of orange oil, ripe peach and honeyed mango. ... Leggi tutto

Bright straw. Fresh, lively aromas of orange oil, ripe peach and honeyed mango. Rich, dense and frankly sweet, offering concentrated flavors of grapefruit jelly, yellow plum and sweet spices. Finishes creamy and long, with a strong honeyed quality. A lovely wine but much sweeter than some past versions of Kabir. (Ian d’Agata)

Chiudi
USA
Annata
2014
Punteggio
90 pt.
Premio VINOUS
Descrizione

Bright straw. Fresh, lively aromas of orange oil, ripe peach and honeyed mango. Rich, dense and frankly sweet, offering concentrated flavors of grapefruit jelly, yellow plum and sweet spices. Finishes creamy and long, with a strong honeyed quality. A lovely wine but much sweeter than some past versions of Kabir. (Ian d’Agata)

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2014
89/100 pts

A mainly Catarratto blend: Pale straw. Pure, high-pitched aromas of stone ... Leggi tutto

A mainly Catarratto blend: Pale straw. Pure, high-pitched aromas of stone fruits, tangerine, and white flowers. Juicy apricot and peach flavors show insidious sweetness, with a complicating note of honeysuckle. Finishes clean and persistent, with riper tropical fruit nuances. This lovely wine offers easy accessibility and uncomplicated drinking pleasure at a relatively low price point. Made without oak (Ian d’Agata).

Chiudi
USA
Annata
2014
Punteggio
89/100 pts
Premio VINOUS
Descrizione

A mainly Catarratto blend: Pale straw. Pure, high-pitched aromas of stone fruits, tangerine, and white flowers. Juicy apricot and peach flavors show insidious sweetness, with a complicating note of honeysuckle. Finishes clean and persistent, with riper tropical fruit nuances. This lovely wine offers easy accessibility and uncomplicated drinking pleasure at a relatively low price point. Made without oak (Ian d’Agata).

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2014
89/100 pts

Pale, bright yellow. Aromas of orchard fruits, grapefruit and fresh herbs are ... Leggi tutto

Pale, bright yellow. Aromas of orchard fruits, grapefruit and fresh herbs are complicated by a faint candied note. Boasts good intensity and lovely balance to its fruit-driven flavors of green apricot, pineapple and lemon candy. Finishes fresh and persistent. This varietally accurate Catarratto is unoaked, uncomplicated and juicy. (Ian d’Agata)

Chiudi
USA
Annata
2014
Punteggio
89/100 pts
Premio VINOUS
Descrizione

Pale, bright yellow. Aromas of orchard fruits, grapefruit and fresh herbs are complicated by a faint candied note. Boasts good intensity and lovely balance to its fruit-driven flavors of green apricot, pineapple and lemon candy. Finishes fresh and persistent. This varietally accurate Catarratto is unoaked, uncomplicated and juicy. (Ian d’Agata)

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni