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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