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.