Testarossa Passerina Terre Aquilane 2016
This white wine was a great pairing with the fresh made tomatosoup with meat balls and hamcakes.
White wine from Italy - Abruzzo region.
Pasetti - Testarossa Passerina Terre Aquilane 2016 (87 tsomw points)
100% Passerina Campolese
In the glass a straw yellow, golden color.
On the nose intense aromas of citrus fruit, apple, mango with hints of honey, flowers and almond.
On the palate medium-bodied, rich in the mouth, light smoky with nice acidity. Flavours of peach, herbs and honey. The finish is herbaceous and elegant.
The vineyards are placed at 450 meters above sea level in Capestrano, at the foot of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga mountains. It extends itself over the eastern side of the valley (south-west facing) from a fresh and pure water which is considered to be the Tirino source. The grape yield is of 5200 grapevines per hectare which correspond to 90 - 100 quintals. This uncontaminated place is characterized by high brightness, low humidity and frequent breezes. Temperature range between night and day can reach a difference of 20 °C, leading to a well balanced and complete maturation with a consequent great development of aromas. Thanks to its high capacity of drinking, the rocky soil is always accessible even after the rain. The aforesaid features facilitate the natural health of the grape, the reason why this territory could be considered suitable for a low impact viticulture (Capestrano is a distinctive “terroir” that has been recently exploited, even considering the global warming issue and its negative impact on this area). History tells us that the first human settlement on the Tirino stream date back to the V century A.C. during the ancient Saracens invasions. The finding of Capestrano warrior, one of the most famous Picent sculptures, is a symbol of the numerous battles occurred in this site.
Passerina belongs to the Trebbiano family and it is considered to be a native variety of Middle Italy. It is cultivated on small crops and in Abruzzo it has been called with different names according to the production area: “Trebbiano camplese” or “campolese” in Teramo and L’Aquila, “Trebbiano scenciato in Chieti and “Trebbiano dorato” in Pescara. The loose and winged bunch is of a medium size. Its ripening is medium-late and it is characterized by a slow sugar accumulation not followed by a proportional decrease of acidity during the harvesting time (first decade of October). It’s a very strong variety.
White vinification with a cryomaceration at 4 °C for 24 hours, precrushing, soft pressing and a successive refrigeration for a better decantation. Fermentation occurs in steel tanks by using selected yeasts at a low temperature (11 °C - 14 °C).
2 months in steel tanks on its fine lees, then 4 months in the bottle.
How to serve it
It needs to rest at least 10 days after its arrive. It should be served at a temperature of 8 - 10 °C.
It is recommended with fish cooking, antipasto, fish soups, mollusc, shellfish, roast fish and white meat.