The wine displays an extraordinary display of personality and depth initially with its bright amber yellow color. After the first, intense notes of apricots and peaches, the bouquet offers sweet sensations of dried figs, honey, herbs and mineral notes. The wine is impressive on the palate with its outstanding complexity due to a fusing of sweetness, sapidity and softness. A prolonged finish.
A great sipping wine, perfect with herbed cheeses, foie gras and sweet preparations of the Sicilian tradition. The wine should be tasted with gianduia, dried fruit or almond paste.
"There's a tawny Port-like character to this sweet Italian wine, delivering notes of dried apricot and date as well as hints of raw walnut giving way to candied orange zest and salted caramel, as latent acidity keeps the long finish fresh. Zibibbo. Drink now through 2020. 350 cases imported."
"...a glowing example of Sicilian pride...
Beautifully integrated with deep aromas of
orange zest, honey, chestnut, molasses and dried
apricot, the wine is a true incarnation of lavish
decadence. The mouthfeel delivers impressive
intensity and concentration of flavors."
"The 2007 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé offers compelling notes of candied ginger, dried figs, spices, flowers and minerals. This is
a medium-bodied Ben Ryé that comes across as especially
beautiful, without the cloying heaviness some vintages have had. The 2007 is a great showing for one of Italy’s most unique sweet wines. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2017. This is a very strong showing from Donnafugata and the Rallo family. The wines this year show notable balance and class."
The Wine Advocate