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2015 IL PASSITO, Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon

2015 IL PASSITO, 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. The rare late harvest varietal grown in the Yountville AVA of Napa Valley.

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Wine Specs
61% Semillon, 39% Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
October 26, 2015
7.9 g/L
24 months in Bordeaux French oak, 100% New Oak
Bottling Date
April 5, 2016
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Notes of honey, rich dark cherry and berry.
Vineyard Notes
Grapes Grown in The Yountville AVA.
Production Notes
The 2015 vintage was of high quality, but very low yields in many varieties. The harvest will also be remembered as one of the earliest ever. The relatively dry and warm winter resulted in small clusters of grapes with highly concentrated flavors yielding wines of deep, rich flavors and excellent quality with deep color and lovely fruit aromas. - Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
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.

Product Reviews

Nikiea's Gravatar
(Mar 28, 2021 at 10:56 PM)
The taste is exceptional the aroma is just lovely. The is a delicious sweet light wine

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Megan Heydari
(May 27, 2021 at 12:58 AM)
Light, slightly sweet, notes of rose, lychee, pears and lemons. Absolutely amazing.

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Alessandro Calzond
(May 31, 2021 at 11:04 AM)
Sweet, excellent with chocolate.

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Meg Wozniak
(Dec 28, 2021 at 5:47 PM)
Beautifully smooth, light and incredibly flavourful…honey and pear notes. Delightful way to end a meal

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