This golden amber wine has scents of apricot, fig and raisin, with a touch of flowers.  On the palate, there’s a suggestion of smoky honey at first, then it becomes more rounded into orange and fig flavors. A very slightly syrupy texture on the tongue is immediately balanced by the wine’s great acidity.  Orange and lemon notes last well into the finish, but figs also persist.  In the end, there’s a strong impression of dried orange peel.  Very highly recommended (96).  BSE

WHO: Donnafugata
WHAT: Zibibbo (aka Muscat of Alexandria)
WHERE: Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: around $40 for 375 ml (media sample, tasted at the winery in 750ml bottle)


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