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2016
90 Points

Pale straw. Easygoing and fruity with white peach, pear and yellow apple aromas ... Leggi tutto

Pale straw. Easygoing and fruity with white peach, pear and yellow apple aromas and flavors; a lovely wine. The finish is long and bright. Juicy fun wine and only 12.5% alcohol.

Chiudi
USA
2017
Annata
2016
Punteggio
90 Points
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Descrizione

Pale straw. Easygoing and fruity with white peach, pear and yellow apple aromas and flavors; a lovely wine. The finish is long and bright. Juicy fun wine and only 12.5% alcohol.

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2017

2016
92 points

Golden-tinged yellow. Bright raisin, orange flower and sweet spices on the nose. ... Leggi tutto

Golden-tinged yellow. Bright raisin, orange flower and sweet spices on the nose. Then clean and fresh, with fresh citrus and floral flavors that are dense yet light on its feet; this tastes almost as if a little Moscato Bianco had made its way in here. Lovely freshness and juiciness on the long finish. (12.5% alcohol)

Chiudi
USA
2017
Annata
2016
Punteggio
92 points
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Descrizione

Golden-tinged yellow. Bright raisin, orange flower and sweet spices on the nose. Then clean and fresh, with fresh citrus and floral flavors that are dense yet light on its feet; this tastes almost as if a little Moscato Bianco had made its way in here. Lovely freshness and juiciness on the long finish. (12.5% alcohol)

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2017

2016
90 points

Dark ruby. Spicy bittersweet aromas and flavors of herbs, black cherry and ... Leggi tutto

Dark ruby. Spicy bittersweet aromas and flavors of herbs, black cherry and spices. Long suave and spicy, with plenty of early appeal. (13.5% alcohol).

Chiudi
USA
2017
Annata
2016
Punteggio
90 points
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Descrizione

Dark ruby. Spicy bittersweet aromas and flavors of herbs, black cherry and spices. Long suave and spicy, with plenty of early appeal. (13.5% alcohol).

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2017

2016
95 pts

Bright dark golden-yellow with orange tinges. Enticing aromas of very ripe ... Leggi tutto

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.

Chiudi
USA
2017
Annata
2016
Punteggio
95 pts
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Descrizione

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.

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2017

2015
91 pts

Pale straw. Passion fruit and herbal nuances, plus a strong white peach element ... Leggi tutto

Pale straw. Passion fruit and herbal nuances, plus a strong white peach element on the very fragrant, almost aromatic nose: this reminded me a little of Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria). Fresh and saline in the mouth, showing sneaky concentration to the apple, fresh citrus and herb flavors. Long and clean, this is a lovely wine that strikes me as much more interesting than any SurSur made before it (though I’m not wild about this vintage’s Zibibbo-like note). This is a relatively new wine for Donnafugata: the first vintage of SurSur was 2012. The estate currently rents the vineyard from which this wine is made, but it has moved to plant new Grillo vineyards and will soon switch to estate fruit. Antonio Rallo believes that Grillo has lots of potential, “like a Pinot Grigio but with a Sicilian minerality.” Sursur is the Arabic name for Grillo. Drinking window: 2016 – 2017. (Ian d’Agata)

Chiudi
USA
2016, December 8
Annata
2015
Punteggio
91 pts
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Descrizione

Pale straw. Passion fruit and herbal nuances, plus a strong white peach element on the very fragrant, almost aromatic nose: this reminded me a little of Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria). Fresh and saline in the mouth, showing sneaky concentration to the apple, fresh citrus and herb flavors. Long and clean, this is a lovely wine that strikes me as much more interesting than any SurSur made before it (though I’m not wild about this vintage’s Zibibbo-like note). This is a relatively new wine for Donnafugata: the first vintage of SurSur was 2012. The estate currently rents the vineyard from which this wine is made, but it has moved to plant new Grillo vineyards and will soon switch to estate fruit. Antonio Rallo believes that Grillo has lots of potential, “like a Pinot Grigio but with a Sicilian minerality.” Sursur is the Arabic name for Grillo. 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+
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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

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 pts

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 pts
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

2014
89 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 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