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NOTES: Ripe pear Sour Melon White flower Mineral Almond paste Dried peach
BODY: Medium +
ALCOHOL (%): 13.5
ORIGIN: Sicily, Italy
FERMENTATION: Organic Light Wood
DECANTING: 30–60 minutes
ASIAN FOOD PAIRING: Sage butter chicken, honey ginger chicken
WESTERN FOOD PAIRING: Seafood with brown butter sauce, halibut
Passopisciaro Pasobianco 2020
Passopisciaro Passorosso is understated with notes of sweet white flowers, ripe pear and hints of almond paste. It’s silky in texture, round in feel and rich, filled with aromas of dried peaches and vanilla bean. A subtle addition of minerality penetrates the experience, along with a hint of sour melon.
100% Chardonnay. The fruit comes from 18 years-old vines with different altitudes (800–1,000 metres) in contrada Guardiola, in very loose, deep, powder-like lava that is rich in minerals. The wine was first made in 2007, and it is formerly known as Guardiola bianco. Vinification of the wine in steel vats for 20 days at 23°C. Followed by aging for 10 months in cement vats and large oak barrels, followed by an additional 6 months in bottle.
2018 was one of the rainiest and most tropical vintages we’ve seen on Etna in the last eight years, especially at the end of the summer. This year, the team has to increase the number of times they had to passthrough the vineyards to remove leaves mindfully, avoiding any burning but allowing air to pass through the canopy to mitigate the effects of this wet and humid climate. Disease was countered effected with natural products like clay and propolis as well. With immense effort, the team was nonetheless able to harvest and produce a great wine this vintage.