Ipsus Passito di Pantelleria Dessert Wine
This dessert wine is made with Muscat grapes, which are often used to produce sweet wines and fortified wines. Its color is light amber with rose tinges, and its nose is nectarine with subtle floral qualities including that rose again.
It tastes wonderful. Certainly sweet, as expected for a dessert wine, but it’s not syrupy and the alcohol burn is gentle. The taste is predominately nectarine with maple and light butterscotch notes.
I love it! You may be surprised that loving a dessert wine is more my exception than my rule.
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St. Somewhere Petit Verdot 2010
Paso Robles, CA
I was recently introduced to the petit verdot varietal at the Virginia wine tasting I attended at the Angus Barn in June. I was impressed with its versatility in those VA blends, but mostly, I enjoyed finding a petit varietal that wasn’t too tart for my palate. Thus, I was emboldened to try this wine — although I did sample it at Trader Joe’s first.
Its nose is rich with tobacco and red licorice. The wine could use at least a short breathing, and with it, any petit tartness dispels, leaving a lovely brown sugar and nectarine quality. The tobacco is a strong presence when drinking, and this is definitely a dry wine, which I enjoy. I picture overripe berries and how well it would combine with a duck and berry dish. I also taste a creamy element that increases the wine’s richness, a marshmallow cream swirl, if you will. There is heat as it rolls down your throat, and ashes are the aftertaste.
I know ashes as aftertaste isn’t for everyone, but for me, this is an excellent wine with plenty of depth to keep me interested as I drink it. If it were just a tad less tart, it’d get my top score.
Other Bloggers’ Thoughts:
None. A few have reviewed the malbec and syrah from this label, but not the petit verdot.
Reviewed 5 August 12.