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2010 IL PASSITO LH, Magnum

2010 IL PASSITO LH, Magnum

A delicate and light honey sweet dessert wine, made in the fine sauterne style.


♦ 94 Points/ Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast Magazine - "Made from Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, this wine is luxurious and sweet, while maintaining great balance to keep from being too unctuous. It has a brilliant deep-gold color, generous aromas like toasted peanuts and marmalade, and flavors that are honeyed and floral. It feels nicely viscous, coating the sides of the mouth and helping the flavors linger for long moments on the finish."

♦ Double Gold Medal - 2014 American Fine Wine Competition

♦ Double Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition

♦ A wax sealed bottle is a beautiful addition to your wine rack, but can be intimidating when it comes time to open it. This is easier than you may think! Simply plunge your corkscrew through the wax, as if it were not even there. Lift the cork slightly and wipe any wax crumbles from the opening. Pull the cork the rest of the way out and enjoy!

*94 Points - Wine Enthusiast*
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2010
Varietal
63% Sauvignon Blanc, 37% Semillon
Appellation
North Coast
Sugar
37.4 Brix at harvest
Acid
6.9 g/L
pH
3.62
Aging
Barrel-fermented and aged for 19 months in 100% new French oak barrels
Residual Sugar
13.5 Brix (135 g/L)
Alcohol %
14.3
Wine Enthusiast
94
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This deep yellow-gold hued wine offers aromas of honey, sweet vanilla, apricot nectar, and fragrant flowers. The bouquet is complimented by the toasty notes from the selection of French oak barrels and the aging “on the yeast” for 19 months. The wine is uncommonly viscous and lingers on the palate long after tasting. The natural sweetness leaves a lasting impression that is a signature of perfectly overripe wine grapes.
Ratings
♦ 94 Points/ Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast Magazine - "Made from Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, this wine is luxurious and sweet, while maintaining great balance to keep from being too unctuous. It has a brilliant deep-gold color, generous aromas like toasted peanuts and marmalade, and flavors that are honeyed and floral. It feels nicely viscous, coating the sides of the mouth and helping the flavors linger for long moments on the finish." ♦ 90 Points, Wine & Spirits Magazine - "This combines sauvignon blanc from the Rolling Hills Vineyard in Lake County with semillon from the winery’s Carsi Vineyard in Yountville, all the fruit affected by naturally occurring botrytis. Aged on its lees in all-new French oak for 19 months, this is a decadent but balanced dessert wine for a cheese course. Its pungent saffron scent and earthy grip provide a counterpoint to its luscious stone fruit flavors."
Awards
♦ Double Gold Medal - 2014 American Fine Wine Competition ♦ Double Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Winemaker Notes
Il Passito is a regal dessert wine made from overripe grapes which develop Botrytis cinerea, or “Noble Rot”, shriveling the skins and enhancing sugar, acid, and flavor intensity. This succulent and deliciously spicy white wine is made in the style of some of the world’s greatest dessert wines, such as Sauternes and the “dried grape” white wines of Sicily such as “Passito di Pantelleria”.
Food Pairing Notes
A great after-dinner sipping wine, perfect with farm cheeses and sweet preparations of the Sicilian tradition. Its rich concentration and delectable peach and apricot flavours should be enjoyed with dried fruit (especially figs), or foie gras with honey or almond paste on a crostini to show its complex and intriguing aromas and succulent spice. It is very rich on the palate and also ideal with seasonal fresh fruit desserts.
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