Pasqua Passimento 2011
Deep ruby red in color. The nose has intense aromas of red berries with hints of spices. The palate is balanced with velvety tannins, and it has a soft and round finish.
Enjoy on its own or great with red meat and game or with aged cheese.
Grape Varieties: Merlot 40%, Corvina 30%, Croatina 30%
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Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine was born of the Family’s love for Valpolicella. In its almost centennial existence, the company is now the #1 private producer of wines in Northern Italy. Famiglia Pasqua is locaed in Verona and produces premium and unique Italian wines. In its storied existence, the company has obtained international recognition with its wines, which are synonymous with the great wine-producing tradition of the region. Tradition, innovation, quality and passion are the values handed down from generation to generation by the Pasqua family.
Three generations of people with a Veronese heart and an international soul, sharing the same great passion: viticulture and the production of unique wines from Veneto as well as other great Italian wine regions. Beginning in 1925, the first generation of the Pasqua brothers came to Verona and established a new business devoted to the trade of wines from their homeland, Apulia. Along with wine trade, they decided to start a winery. Within a few years, with the acquisition of new vineyards in the Verona area, the company progressively gained importance and visibility. During the sixties the second generation of the family entered the business, bringing about an opening to export and an orientation toward quality. The addition of an agricultural estate in the eighties and innovative research center for vines, grafting techniques and vineyards. In the mid 2000’s the company made a huge investment with the creation of a new headquarters and manufacturing plant in San Felice, in the heart of the family vineyards.
Now the third generation, composed by Riccardo, Alessandro, Cecilia and Giovanni, started to lead the company, the international market reached new heights, with the foundation of Pasqua USA in New York. The company now sells wine in 40 US States & 60 countries worldwide.
Producing every style of wine and with great success, the Veneto is one of the most multi-faceted wine regions of Italy.
Veneto's appellation called Valpolicella (meaning “valley of cellars” in Italian) is a series of north to south valleys and is the source of the region’s best red wine with the same name. Valpolicella—the wine—is juicy, spicy, tart and packed full of red cherry flavors. Corvina makes up the backbone of the blend with Rondinella, Molinara, Croatina and others playing supporting roles. Amarone, a dry red, and Recioto, a sweet wine, follow the same blending patterns but are made from grapes left to dry for a few months before pressing. The drying process results in intense, full-bodied, heady and often, quite cerebral wines.
Soave, based on the indigenous Garganega grape, is the famous white here—made ultra popular in the 1970s at a time when quantity was more important than quality. Today one can find great values on whites from Soave, making it a perfect choice as an everyday sipper! But the more recent local, increased focus on low yields and high quality winemaking in the original Soave zone, now called Soave Classico, gives the real gems of the area. A fine Soave Classico will exhibit a round palate full of flavors such as ripe pear, yellow peach, melon or orange zest and have smoky and floral aromas and a sapid, fresh, mineral-driven finish.
Much of Italy’s Pinot grigio hails from the Veneto, where the crisp and refreshing style is easy to maintain; the ultra-popular sparkling wine, Prosecco, comes from here as well.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended red wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged resulting in a wide variety of red wine styles. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a red wine blend variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.
How to Serve Red Wine
A common piece of advice is to serve red wine at “room temperature,” but this suggestion is imprecise. After all, room temperature in January is likely to be quite different than in August, even considering the possible effect of central heating and air conditioning systems. The proper temperature to aim for is 55° F to 60° F for lighter-bodied reds and 60° F to 65° F for fuller-bodied wines.
How Long Does Red Wine Last?
Once opened and re-corked, a bottle stored in a cool, dark environment (like your fridge) will stay fresh and nicely drinkable for a day or two. There are products available that can extend that period by a couple of days. As for unopened bottles, optimal storage means keeping them on their sides in a moderately humid environment at about 57° F. Red wines stored in this manner will stay good – and possibly improve – for anywhere from one year to multiple decades. Assessing how long to hold on to a bottle is a complicated science. If you are planning long-term storage of your reds, seek the advice of a wine professional.