Donnafugata Lighea 2014
In the Eastern US, August is prime peach season. Whether you’re getting yours from Georgia, New Jersey, or Chester County (I’m a Frecon Farms man myself), a ripe, juicy peach this time of year is one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts.
As such, on a warm early August afternoon, when I stuck my nose in a glass of Donnafugata Lighea 2014, and met a facefull of fresh peaches, it was truly apropos. What a blast of unmistakable fruit this wine offers! It wasn’t just me and my August peach gluttony either – several drinking companions, including Jeff and Frank, concurred. There are floral notes too, as well as a chalky mineral aspect and some almond on the crisp finish, but this wine’s soul is all about fruit.
Made from 100% Zibibbo – the Sicilian name for the Muscat of Alexandria grape, part of the Moscato family – this wine is grown and made on the remote and wind-blown island of Pantelleria, Italy’s southernmost territory. It is more typically dried and vinified into Passito di Pantelleria, a cultish desert wine, but this here is the rare dry version.
As one might expect from the label, my peachy description, and the location, it’s pure summer in a glass. Grab yourself some, find a nearby patio, some seafood and some friends, uncork and enjoy.
Still Stuck on Reds, Even in the Summer?
Donnafugata’s Sedàra is a rosso that won’t overpower lighter summertime meals, and can stand a light chill. Made from mostly Nero D’Avola grapes, its medium-bodied, red-fruit flavor is fresh and versatile. Give it a half-hour to open up, and it’ll showcase the chocolaty finish that this grape is known for. Pairs great with barbecued meats or pasta and late summer tomatoes.