2015 Donnafugata Lighea Zibibbo, Sicily (750ml)

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Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Grape Varietal: Zibibbo
Review Score: 91V, 90JS

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Pale straw. Lovely aromatic notes of lychee, white pepper, cinnamon and white flowers. Bright but richly textured, showing sneaky concentration and lovely balance to the tropical fruit and floral flavors. Finishes very long and clean, showing an enticingly spicy sweet and sour component. Knockout wine. Today, Lighea is one of Donnafugata’s best wines, yet it has had a long and checkered history: it was originally made with Müller-Thurgau, then it was turned into a Zibibbo, Inzolia, and Cataratto Comune blend, and finally, since the 2009 vintage, it has been 100 percent Zibibbo. Donnafugata decided to go 100 percent Zibibbo once it planted Moscato di Alessandria on Pantelleria at higher altitudes (400 meters above sea level), in a much cooler microclimate ideal for making fresher, vibrant dry wines.

91+ points, Ian D'Agata, Vinous (Oct 2016)

A white with cooked-pear and lime character that follows through to a full body, a phenolic texture and a flavorful finish. Drink now.

90 points, James Suckling (Nov 2016)