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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 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

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. 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
Premio VINOUS
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+
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
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

2012
91 pt

Good full ruby. Deep, reticent, almost austere aromas and flavors of spicy dark ... Leggi tutto

Good full ruby. Deep, reticent, almost austere aromas and flavors of spicy dark plum, currant leaf, underbrush, coffee and graphite. Multilayered and complex; polished tannins provide backbone to the rich fruit. This still-brooding wine finishes long, displaying outstanding inner-mouth perfume. Strikes me as by far the best, most polished young Tancredi in memory; this is a wine in which rustic notes of hot-climate Cabernet Sauvignon almost always used to dominate. An almost 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d’Avola, plus small amounts of Tannat and other grapes. Drinking window: 2018 – 2023. (Ian d’Agata)

Chiudi
USA
2016, December 8
Annata
2012
Punteggio
91 pt
Premio VINOUS
Descrizione

Good full ruby. Deep, reticent, almost austere aromas and flavors of spicy dark plum, currant leaf, underbrush, coffee and graphite. Multilayered and complex; polished tannins provide backbone to the rich fruit. This still-brooding wine finishes long, displaying outstanding inner-mouth perfume. Strikes me as by far the best, most polished young Tancredi in memory; this is a wine in which rustic notes of hot-climate Cabernet Sauvignon almost always used to dominate. An almost 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d’Avola, plus small amounts of Tannat and other grapes. Drinking window: 2018 – 2023. (Ian d’Agata)

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2016, December 8

2011
95 pt

Purple-ruby. Captivating floral aromas of plum, black currant, star anise, cocoa ... Leggi tutto

Purple-ruby. Captivating floral aromas of plum, black currant, star anise, cocoa and cinnamon; this is a great deal more floral and perfumed than the 2010. Smooth, lush and round; a fresh, juicy quality contributes to the impression of early personality and precise flavors of dark berries and cocoa. Offers a delightful combination of texture and focus. Finishes broad and long, displaying ripe, very polished tannins and repeating violet nuances. This is one of the best young Mille e Una Notte wines I have memory of. A blend of mainly Nero d’Avola with small additions of Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drinking window: 2019 – 2029. (Ian d’Agata)

Chiudi
USA
2016, December 8
Annata
2011
Punteggio
95 pt
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Descrizione

Purple-ruby. Captivating floral aromas of plum, black currant, star anise, cocoa and cinnamon; this is a great deal more floral and perfumed than the 2010. Smooth, lush and round; a fresh, juicy quality contributes to the impression of early personality and precise flavors of dark berries and cocoa. Offers a delightful combination of texture and focus. Finishes broad and long, displaying ripe, very polished tannins and repeating violet nuances. This is one of the best young Mille e Una Notte wines I have memory of. A blend of mainly Nero d’Avola with small additions of Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drinking window: 2019 – 2029. (Ian d’Agata)

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

2016, December 8