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2014 IL PASSITO Reserve, Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc/ Semillon

2014 IL PASSITO Reserve, Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc/ Semillon

Il Passito is a wine for kings and queens; rich, unctuous and complex. An elegant and nuanced honey sweet dessert wine, made in the fine sauterne style. A regal dessert wine made from overripe grapes which develop Botrytis cincerea, or "Noble Rot", shriveling the skins and enhancing sugar, acid and flavor intensity. The resulting harvest in late autumn is vastly diminished in yield, then barrel-fermented and aged for 2 years, becoming more concentration and flavorful. 

International Wine Review's Don Winkler recently evaluated this wine stating, "Dark cherry with underbrush and a bright note of Montmorency cherry.  Velvet-like on the palate with fresh, rich dark cherry and berry flavors and a hint of briar with good acidity and a firm backbone.  Overall, well balanced and very flavorful.  A blend of grapes sourced from cool climate vineyards in the Anderson Valley, Mendocino Ridge, Sonoma Coast, and Green Valley of Russian River Valley; aged 11 months in 45% new French oak barrels. 13.8% alc. Score: 92 points

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*92 Points*
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
61% Semillon, 39% Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
October 23rd, 2014
Acid
7.3
pH
3.49
Aging
20 months in French oak barrels
Bottling Date
August 16th, 2016
Residual Sugar
139 g/L
Alcohol %
13.6
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Notes of honey, rich dark cherry and berry.
Ratings
International Wine Review's Don Winkler recently evaluated this wine stating, "Dark cherry with underbrush and a bright note of Montmorency cherry. Velvet-like on the palate with fresh, rich dark cherry and berry flavors and a hint of briar with good acidity and a firm backbone. Overall, well balanced and very flavorful. A blend of grapes sourced from cool climate vineyards in the Anderson Valley, Mendocino Ridge, Sonoma Coast, and Green Valley of Russian River Valley; aged 11 months in 45% new French oak barrels. 13.8% alc. Score: 92 points.
Winemaker Notes
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
Enjoy 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.
Production
577 cases
Product Reviews
Laura Faccas's Gravatar
Laura Faccas
(Sep 30, 2019 at 3:44 PM)
Can you please send me the specific names/ recipe of the chocolate nut cracker and cheese you pair this with when you do the tour? My husband and I want to open our bottle and are trying to replicate that special treat we had with it in the castle. Please email me back . Thank you so much !

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Natalie
(Nov 8, 2019 at 6:05 PM)
IL PASSITO with its deep gold color and marmalade like aroma has been an exceptional part of my home collection for years. Highly recommended to dessert wine lovers!

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Coty Cunningham
(Feb 23, 2020 at 7:25 PM)
Excellent. Drank my weight in this at the wonderful dinner on V-day.

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Loreto M
(Mar 20, 2020 at 3:46 PM)
This wine is AMAZING! My wife and I drank this wine at the end of the wine tour at CDA. It was our honeymoon and the tour guide said this wine was "a great baby making wine". It was delicious and he couldn't have been more right.

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LaShawnda
(Jun 17, 2020 at 4:52 PM)
I have one word...exquisite. It has a wonderful taste. It is smooth and sweet. I definitely recommend this dessert wine.

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