Friday, April 15, 2011
Easter Special - literally! Save almost 25% on Pasqua Passimento
Pasqua are a large producer of mostly mediocre wines from Italy, so it was without much excitement that we tried this wine about a month ago. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the intensity and concentration of fruit and it made us take another look.
It is made from semi-dried grapes, using Corvina, Craotina (both varieties commonly used in the wines of Valpolicella) and a dash of Merlot. Partially drying the grapes concentrates the fruit and the sugars and makes for a turbo-charged version of a modern Valpolicella.
This is a different process to that used for Ripassa (where they introduce Valpolicella onto the lees of the Amarone to induce a second fermentation). This is more like a halfway house to Amarone. If you like Ripassa, you will love this.
The wine is full-bodied, with rich dark fruit, chocolate and spice, soft tannins and a nice velvetty texture.
It is delicious and on offer - normal RRP is €16.99 - we are selling a chunk of it at €12.99.
Posted by Gabriel Cooney at 1:11 PM