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2017 Donnafugata "Ben Ryè" Passito di Pantelleria (375ml) SKU #1431371

Price: $42.99

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Ian D'Agata writes: "A huge estate, Donnafugata manages to combine quantity with quality in a way that very few (and I mean very few) other Italian estates are capable of. Donnafugata currently produces 2.5 million bottles, 1.3 million of which are their highly successful entry-level wines, such as Damarino, Anthilia and Sedara; the other 1.2 million bottles are divided up among 17 different labels, some of which are at the top of Italy’s wine quality hierarchy. And interestingly enough, the estate continues to launch new wines made from different grapes that had not been previously grown. But owner Antonio Rallo is a viticulturist and winemaker by trade, and so he has always known of the Frappato variety’s potential as well as the many delicious wines increasingly being made in the Cerasuolo di Vittoria denomination (a Nero d’Avola–Frappato blend). Furthermore, on Rallo’s travels abroad, it struck him that even people who liked their reds big and meaty always seemed to take a shine to wines made with Frappato. All this led to Donnafugata buying or renting 31 hectares in three different Acate contrade: Biddine Soprano, Biddine Sottano and Isola Cavaliere, where they have also built a new winery so as to start making their own Frappato and Cerasuolo di Vittoria wines."

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