Marsala Superiore 10-Year Riserva


100% Grillo. The 10-Year Riserva comes from the same solera system as the Vecchio Samperi (see notes on this website) whose average age is 15 years old: it is the fortification of the 10-Year that brings the ageof this wine downward a bit, raises the alcohol level by 2 degrees to 18.5% and increases the residual sugar from 12 grams to 55 grams/liter. As for any fortified De Bartoli wine, the mistella itself is a rare bird in Marsala: not commercial spirit but rather a combination of fresh De Bartoli Grillo must and brandy distilled from it. The semi-dry sweetness is certainly more perceptible here in flavor and body vs. the dry Vecchio Samperi, but the naturally high acidity of the wine keeps the 10-Year in balance and allows savory notes to show through as well.


92 points
"Elegant and dry, this is framed by racy, well-knit acidity, beginning with subtle, salted flavors of green almond and dried nectarine, then gaining momentum midpalate and finishing with notes of dried fig, walnut, singed orange peel, ginger and fleur de sel. Drink now through 2030. 250 cases imported."
Alison Napjus,
Wine Spectator
, February 2015
92 points
"As one might expect, the NV Marsala Superiore 10 Anni is a richer, denser wine than the 5 Anni. This dark, weighty Marsala flows with the essence of dried figs, spices and prunes, showing superb delineation as well as notable complexity, both in its flavors and texture. The 10 Anni seems to hit the sweet spot for De Bartoli. It is a more important wine than the 5 Anni, but the fruit retains an element of freshness that is missing from the 20 Anni. The 10 Anni is 50% Grillo and 50% Inzolia aged in cask, Solera-style. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2014. "
Antonio Galloni,
Wine Advocate
, April 2009

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