Dry and delicious, the highly recommended Donnafugata Lighea Zibibbo Sicilia.
100% Zibibbo (Moscato d'Alessandria) from the island of Pantelleria in southwestern Sicily, Italy. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in tank for two months and in bottle for three months before release.
Sample submitted for review. The Donnafugata Lighea has an SRP of $20 and is available for as low as $17. Ready to buy? Check your local retailers. Imported by Folio Fine Wine Partners.
Made from Zibibbo grapes grown on "vite ad alberello" (head-trained bush vines), a traditional agricultural practice inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Serve at 9-11C (48-52F).
Moscato is hot right now, although the typical wine of this variety borders on dessert wine territory with loads of sugary sweetness. Today we go to Sicily to try a wine that might just be a paradigm shifter for many...
The 2016 Donnafugata Lighea Zibibbo Sicilia opens with an absolutely delicious bouquet of pear, honey, melon, lemon and lime zest and lots of aromatic floral notes. Upon first smell you might think you're in for the typical syrupy sweet Moscato experience, but a whole 'nother world opens up when tasting this fresh, clean, dry and non-bubbly Moscato. Only slightly sweet, you're hit with excellent salty mineral notes on top of the succulent peach, pear and citrus fruit. This is all wrapped up in a wonderful, luscious mouthfeel. It ends with honey-soaked minerals and tangy fruit that lasts an incredibly long time in the mouth.
We last reviewed the 2011 vintage of this wine and five vintages later, Donnafugata is still producing a fabulous value even at $17. I love it!