Do you buy a bottle of wine for the label?
In a perfect world we would never judge a book by its’ cover BUT when a label is this charming it is tough not to…
Being a true romantic at heart a wine label that depicts the graffiti of Romeo and Juliet’s wall in Verona completely won me over.
Given the very reasonable price point I was okay with the impulse purchase of Pasqua Passimento Rosso that has such an endearing connection to the famed star crossed lovers. In the midst of planning a romantic dinner at home, this bottle would be great story piece on the table.
First pour of this wine revealed an intense ruby color and a richly concentrated black and dark red fruit nose. The velvety mouthfeel allows you appreciate the spicy and earthy nuances of this wine, along with the rich dark fruit charm.
A robust, but smooth blend of the traditional grapes 40% Merlot, 30% Corvina and 30% Croatina. Passimento takes its name from the traditional “appassimento” method of producing Amarone, made by drying grapes into wooden trays from the harvest until January.
The Pasqua vineyards are located on the hillside areas of Valpantena, the north eastern part of the Valpolicella region in Italy.
This red is amazing for the price point (Approximately $15 in Canada). Balanced and mouth-watering, this Italian red is very food-friendly for hearty dishes and tomato sauce and easy-drinking enough to pair with friends, conversation and cheeses.
Allow to breathe for one to two hours before drinking, and your patience will be well rewarded as this romantic, enticing wine opens beautifully with a little time.