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2013
93 pt

So youthful and bright, the 2013 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé ... Leggi tutto

So youthful and bright, the 2013 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé (750-milliliter) is all about those primary aromas. An enormously fragrant grape like Zibibbo has plenty of those to go around. Fresh fruit tones of nectarine and floral tones of jasmine and honeysuckle appear upfront. Passito perfumes of candied apricot, peach cobbler, zesty orange peel, Moroccan preserved lemon and honey ooze forth from the bouquet in a second wave of aromatic intensity. The mouthfeel is sticky, rich and creamy in texture. Ben Ryé delivers a big dose of Sicilian sweetness on the close.

Chiudi
USA
eRobertParker.com jan 2016
Annata
2013
Punteggio
93 pt
Premio Wine Advocate
Descrizione

So youthful and bright, the 2013 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé (750-milliliter) is all about those primary aromas. An enormously fragrant grape like Zibibbo has plenty of those to go around. Fresh fruit tones of nectarine and floral tones of jasmine and honeysuckle appear upfront. Passito perfumes of candied apricot, peach cobbler, zesty orange peel, Moroccan preserved lemon and honey ooze forth from the bouquet in a second wave of aromatic intensity. The mouthfeel is sticky, rich and creamy in texture. Ben Ryé delivers a big dose of Sicilian sweetness on the close.

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

eRobertParker.com jan 2016

2012
92pt.

The 2012 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé is the result of a dry vintage and ... Leggi tutto

The 2012 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé is the result of a dry vintage and healthy concentration of sugars. Ben Ryé’s taste profile changes enormously when you get to these younger vintages. Passito di Pantelleria is a wine that shows a very distinct jump in evolution just a few years into its aging process. Once it makes it past that first plateau, the wine then embarks on an excruciatingly slow progression that takes decades to complete. In fact, looking back at this retrospective, I can’t say that any of the wines felt “old” or flat. Even the inaugural 1989 vintage is beaming with life. I have the same high expectations for this vintage.

Chiudi
USA
eRobertParker.com jan 2016
Annata
2012
Punteggio
92pt.
Premio Wine Advocate
Descrizione

The 2012 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé is the result of a dry vintage and healthy concentration of sugars. Ben Ryé’s taste profile changes enormously when you get to these younger vintages. Passito di Pantelleria is a wine that shows a very distinct jump in evolution just a few years into its aging process. Once it makes it past that first plateau, the wine then embarks on an excruciatingly slow progression that takes decades to complete. In fact, looking back at this retrospective, I can’t say that any of the wines felt “old” or flat. Even the inaugural 1989 vintage is beaming with life. I have the same high expectations for this vintage.

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

eRobertParker.com jan 2016

2011
93pt

Born from a challenging vintage that saw too much rainfall in parts of Sicily ... Leggi tutto

Born from a challenging vintage that saw too much rainfall in parts of Sicily and not enough in others, the 2011 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé manages to keep pace with some of the best vintages that precede it. My feeling is that this is a slightly more technical wine that shows the expertise of Donnafugata’s winemaking team. By 2011, they had grown accustomed to the new winery and the newer vineyard plantings. This wine shows a bright amber color and classic passito aromas of candied fruit, honey and maple syrup.

Chiudi
USA
eRobertParker.com jan 2016
Annata
2011
Punteggio
93pt
Premio Wine Advocate
Descrizione

Born from a challenging vintage that saw too much rainfall in parts of Sicily and not enough in others, the 2011 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé manages to keep pace with some of the best vintages that precede it. My feeling is that this is a slightly more technical wine that shows the expertise of Donnafugata’s winemaking team. By 2011, they had grown accustomed to the new winery and the newer vineyard plantings. This wine shows a bright amber color and classic passito aromas of candied fruit, honey and maple syrup.

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

eRobertParker.com jan 2016

2010
96pt

I am smitten by the 2010 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé and I look forward to ... Leggi tutto

I am smitten by the 2010 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé and I look forward to tasting the wine again as it continues its evolution. This vintage presents a very graceful and feminine side to Ben Ryé with dried rose and almond blossom. As those perfumes lift, the wine reveals lasting tones of candied fruit, honey and brown sugar. There’s a noticeable contribution in the form of baking spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. This vintage produced lower yields than average, but the wine boasts a tonic and sharp sense of acidity as a result.

Chiudi
USA
eRobertParker.com jan 2016
Annata
2010
Punteggio
96pt
Premio Wine Advocate
Descrizione

I am smitten by the 2010 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé and I look forward to tasting the wine again as it continues its evolution. This vintage presents a very graceful and feminine side to Ben Ryé with dried rose and almond blossom. As those perfumes lift, the wine reveals lasting tones of candied fruit, honey and brown sugar. There’s a noticeable contribution in the form of baking spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. This vintage produced lower yields than average, but the wine boasts a tonic and sharp sense of acidity as a result.

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

eRobertParker.com jan 2016

2009
94pt

The 2009 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé is slightly penalized by the fact it ... Leggi tutto

The 2009 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé is slightly penalized by the fact it follows the extraordinary 2008 vintage. On first impact, the wine appears one notch down the intensity ladder and its aromas are not as vibrant or buoyant. Having said that, this vintage certainly holds its own just as soon as it takes shape in the glass. The bouquet offers steady aromas of caramel, Graham cracker and toasted almond. Those are the aromas you find on one side of the spectrum. The other side is redolent of citrus, white peach, candied orange peel and white mineral. On a more curious note, I also detected a hint of cured meat or roasted chestnut.

Chiudi
USA
eRobertParker.com jan 2016
Annata
2009
Punteggio
94pt
Premio Wine Advocate
Descrizione

The 2009 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé is slightly penalized by the fact it follows the extraordinary 2008 vintage. On first impact, the wine appears one notch down the intensity ladder and its aromas are not as vibrant or buoyant. Having said that, this vintage certainly holds its own just as soon as it takes shape in the glass. The bouquet offers steady aromas of caramel, Graham cracker and toasted almond. Those are the aromas you find on one side of the spectrum. The other side is redolent of citrus, white peach, candied orange peel and white mineral. On a more curious note, I also detected a hint of cured meat or roasted chestnut.

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

eRobertParker.com jan 2016

2008
97pt

Here is another passito that rises like a phoenix from the ashes. The masterful ... Leggi tutto

Here is another passito that rises like a phoenix from the ashes. The masterful 2008 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé is a work of art and is — with some distance — the wine I mostly vividly remember from this tasting. This expression is uniquely curvaceous and opulent, although it never feels heavy or flat. The bouquet opens to extraordinary aromatic definition and gold rays of brilliant luminosity. Floral notes are mixed with apricot, stone fruit, toasted pine nut and wild sage. This vintage is the result of some of the most stringent fruit selection seen so far in the Ben Ryé line. The estate’s 11 vineyard sites were harvested separately to create the perfect blend of site-specific fruit. This vintage also represents the first time the wine exceeds 200 grams per liter in residual sugar. The fresh acidity creates a perfect balance and you don’t necessarily taste that extra sweetness. This wine is near indestructible and should age for decades more to come.

Chiudi
USA
eRobertParker.com jan 2016
Annata
2008
Punteggio
97pt
Premio Wine Advocate
Descrizione

Here is another passito that rises like a phoenix from the ashes. The masterful 2008 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé is a work of art and is — with some distance — the wine I mostly vividly remember from this tasting. This expression is uniquely curvaceous and opulent, although it never feels heavy or flat. The bouquet opens to extraordinary aromatic definition and gold rays of brilliant luminosity. Floral notes are mixed with apricot, stone fruit, toasted pine nut and wild sage. This vintage is the result of some of the most stringent fruit selection seen so far in the Ben Ryé line. The estate’s 11 vineyard sites were harvested separately to create the perfect blend of site-specific fruit. This vintage also represents the first time the wine exceeds 200 grams per liter in residual sugar. The fresh acidity creates a perfect balance and you don’t necessarily taste that extra sweetness. This wine is near indestructible and should age for decades more to come.

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

eRobertParker.com jan 2016

2007
93pt

The 2007 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé comes from a very interesting growing ... Leggi tutto

The 2007 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé comes from a very interesting growing cycle that is highly characterized by dry Sirocco winds from Africa. Those winds took the appassimento process into super drive and you can taste the extra sugar and cloying richness of the wine as a result. The bouquet reveals candied fruit, pressed flowers, brown sugar, honey, toasted almond and caramel. This is a complete and creamy wine with a dense and lasting sense of syrupy sweetness.

Chiudi
USA
eRobertParker.com jan 2016
Annata
2007
Punteggio
93pt
Premio Wine Advocate
Descrizione

The 2007 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé comes from a very interesting growing cycle that is highly characterized by dry Sirocco winds from Africa. Those winds took the appassimento process into super drive and you can taste the extra sugar and cloying richness of the wine as a result. The bouquet reveals candied fruit, pressed flowers, brown sugar, honey, toasted almond and caramel. This is a complete and creamy wine with a dense and lasting sense of syrupy sweetness.

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

eRobertParker.com jan 2016

2006
95+pts

Lots of new changes characterize this vintage. Most importantly, Donnafugata ... Leggi tutto

Lots of new changes characterize this vintage. Most importantly, Donnafugata inaugurated a new winery in the Khamma area of Pantelleria. The family’s vineyard holdings had blossomed to 11 different vineyard sites, allowing for micro vinifications and more control on the wine’s style and quality. With the 2006 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé, the Punta Karace, Arco dell’Elefante and Martingana vineyards start to emerge as the top growing sites. This year also saw steep diurnal temperature shifts that contribute to the wine’s complexity and acidity. The 2006 vintage also starts to feel young (compared to the previous wines in this vertical) and promises a long drinking window. The wine is fleshed out and generous.

Chiudi
USA
eRobertParker.com jan 2016
Annata
2006
Punteggio
95+pts
Premio Wine Advocate
Descrizione

Lots of new changes characterize this vintage. Most importantly, Donnafugata inaugurated a new winery in the Khamma area of Pantelleria. The family’s vineyard holdings had blossomed to 11 different vineyard sites, allowing for micro vinifications and more control on the wine’s style and quality. With the 2006 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé, the Punta Karace, Arco dell’Elefante and Martingana vineyards start to emerge as the top growing sites. This year also saw steep diurnal temperature shifts that contribute to the wine’s complexity and acidity. The 2006 vintage also starts to feel young (compared to the previous wines in this vertical) and promises a long drinking window. The wine is fleshed out and generous.

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

eRobertParker.com jan 2016

2005
95pts

The 2005 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé is a wine I know well. Although my ... Leggi tutto

The 2005 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé is a wine I know well. Although my professional reviews of this Sicilian dessert wine started with 2004, I had the opportunity to taste 2005 many times in the years to follow. When I first tasted the wine I gave it 95 points and that’s exactly what I think the wine deserves today. In terms of the 2004 vintage, on the other hand, my score has diminished with time because that vintage has been less consistent in its aging evolution. This vintage remains steady and intact. It boasts a bright gold and amber color, and ripe aromatic intensity with dried peach and honey. The wine is also very successful in terms of mouthfeel where it shows a long and silky texture.

Chiudi
USA
eRobertParker.com jan 2016
Annata
2005
Punteggio
95pts
Premio Wine Advocate
Descrizione

The 2005 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé is a wine I know well. Although my professional reviews of this Sicilian dessert wine started with 2004, I had the opportunity to taste 2005 many times in the years to follow. When I first tasted the wine I gave it 95 points and that’s exactly what I think the wine deserves today. In terms of the 2004 vintage, on the other hand, my score has diminished with time because that vintage has been less consistent in its aging evolution. This vintage remains steady and intact. It boasts a bright gold and amber color, and ripe aromatic intensity with dried peach and honey. The wine is also very successful in terms of mouthfeel where it shows a long and silky texture.

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

eRobertParker.com jan 2016

2002
93pt

The 2003 vintage was also very different on Pantelleria compared to Europe. This ... Leggi tutto

The 2003 vintage was also very different on Pantelleria compared to Europe. This vintage brought record heat on the mainland but the tiny Mediterranean island saw enough rainfall to replenish water reserves after three years of drought. Flowering started early and Zibibbo vines enjoyed a long growing season. In fact, the quality here is nothing to sneeze at. Ultimately, this dessert wine is slightly demure, shy and closed. As it takes on more air in the glass, the wine begins to show delicate balsam notes and cola with candied fruit and crushed oyster shell. The finish shows piquant spice with nutmeg and dried ginger that adds to the wine’s elegant persistence. (Monica Larner)

Chiudi
USA
eRobertParker.com jan 2016
Annata
2002
Punteggio
93pt
Premio Wine Advocate
Descrizione

The 2003 vintage was also very different on Pantelleria compared to Europe. This vintage brought record heat on the mainland but the tiny Mediterranean island saw enough rainfall to replenish water reserves after three years of drought. Flowering started early and Zibibbo vines enjoyed a long growing season. In fact, the quality here is nothing to sneeze at. Ultimately, this dessert wine is slightly demure, shy and closed. As it takes on more air in the glass, the wine begins to show delicate balsam notes and cola with candied fruit and crushed oyster shell. The finish shows piquant spice with nutmeg and dried ginger that adds to the wine’s elegant persistence. (Monica Larner)

Nazione

USA

Pubblicazioni

eRobertParker.com jan 2016