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2016 IL PASSITO, Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon

2016 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. The wine displays bright aromas of honey, vanilla bean, and citrus zest with rich butterscotch-caramel undertones.

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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ACCOLADES

• 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"Blending 70% Sémillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc, this late-harvest wine was fermented and aged in all-new French oak for nearly two years. Dark gold in color and viscous in texture, it tastes of peach candy, applesauce and vanilla bean, while being lengthy and balanced in sweetness." -Virginie Boone

• Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

"There were over forty-eight judges, representing various North American wine regions, evaluating 5,816 wines from nearly 1,000 wineries for the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition."


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*Yountville AVA, Napa Valley*
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
70% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
November 8, 2016
Aging
Bordeaux French oak, 100% New Oak
Alcohol %
14.7
Wine Enthusiast
91
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The wine displays bright aromas of honey, vanilla bean, and citrus zest with rich butterscotch-caramel undertones.
Ratings
Rated 91 Points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Production Notes
Grapes Grown in The Yountville AVA.
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
"Following the very small 2015 harvest, it was heartening to see the vines recover and bounce back to produce not only extremely high quality fruit but also some bounty in 2016! Harvest was earlier than we expected, and we observed optimum flavor and phenolic development progress as we harvested. Across the board, the flavors and acids were exceptional, and a delicious balance evolved as the harvest proceeded. Acids are firm and pH is slightly lower, so the wines should be well-structured with very good aging potential. This is an exciting vintage with a lot to like! —Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking

Product Reviews

Derek Phips's Gravatar
Derek Phips
(Aug 5, 2021 at 7:19 AM)
Very good reserve!

Stas Pruchansky's Gravatar
Stas Pruchansky
(Oct 13, 2021 at 4:49 AM)
Liquid gold. Honey and vanilla ice cream, custard and waffles. So cool!

Chuck Dowe's Gravatar
Chuck Dowe
(Feb 22, 2022 at 9:50 AM)
The nose is honey, apricot, and toasted almonds. The palate is honeycomb, apricot, and toasted almonds.

S. Pua's Gravatar
S. Pua
(Mar 19, 2022 at 4:18 PM)
It is a sweet wine that goes great with dessert. The honey, vanilla, custard, apple & melon notes in the wine is divine. It is a balanced sweetness. Enjoyed it very much.

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