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25 March, 2013

Ipsus Passito di Pantelleria Dessert Wine

Comments : 6 Posted in : Dessert Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Ipsus Passito di Pantelleria Dessert Wine
Marsala, Italy

ipsus pantelleria

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.


Other Bloggers Thoughts:


The Ipsus Passito di Pantelleria is a gorgeous honey color that reminded me in its tone and thickness of some of the Chardonnay ice wine I have enjoyed. Once I sampled the Ipsus Passito di Pantelleria, I found that comparison to be even more accurate. This Moscato was very thick and sweet with a lot of honey and orange. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the Ipsus Passito di Pantelleria Moscato. My expectations were mixed, but by the end of the bottle they had been thoroughly exceeded.

Odd Bacchus

Sweet but balanced, with flavors of caramelized peach, orange zest, and honey. A-.

Reviewed 25 January 2013.


6 thoughts on : Ipsus Passito di Pantelleria Dessert Wine

  • Anonymous
    September 20, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    My (real Italian friends often have this and I found a bottle and a half of Passito Ipsus left at our house. I’ve had it in the middle of conversations when proffered but, being more of a beer, mixed drinks, and dry red wine kind of guy, I never really stopped to appreciate Passito by itself. A bit short on beer and spirits, and looking for just a little something, the Passito Ipsus caught my attention. Sublime. Its color and flavor representative of its dried grapes (think raisins)source with a scent of pecans and a taste reminiscent of honey-sweetened apricots.

  • Gianfranco Norelli
    November 23, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Where can we buy it in New York City?

    • The Gourmez
      November 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      Gianfranco, this bottle was purchased at Trader Joe’s. That said, they may not carry it anymore!

  • Emanuele nmn Scalco
    May 13, 2021 at 1:39 am

    Neednto buy some IPSUS dessert wine: wheere is it available nearnme in Cary NC or mqy I get shipped to me?

  • Emanuele nmn Scalco
    May 15, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    would like to purchase 6 bottles od ipsus passito. how do i proceed?

  • May 24, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Emaneule, I am not a distributor. This bottle was purchased at Trader Joe’s years ago – you might try your local one if you have one to see if they are still carrying this brand & label. If not, you can also ask your local wine store to order it or check out Winesearcher.com They have a number of passito di pantelleria options.

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