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WINE REVIEW: Famiglia Pasqua 2019 Passione Sentimento Bianco, Veneto IGT, Italy ($16)

by Andrew Chalk

From the winery…

“The Passione Sentimento Bianco Veneto is made from native grapes selected and harvested well in advance, perhaps unusually, using the Appassimento method which involves leaving the grapes to dry for a short time in crates amongst the Fruttaio lodges. This allows for a greater concentration of aromas and sugars which are later aged in French Oak barrels. Passione Sentimento Bianco was born from the passion for crafting an elegant and structured white wine capable of evolving over time. The nose reveals an intense aroma of citrus with hints of apricot and peach, while the palate presents a round, balanced and persistent finish. This zesty and fruit-forward 100% Garganega wine is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, served best with vegetable courses, Asian fusion or soft, aged cheeses. If wine “is the Poetry of the Earth to the Heavens,” as Italian writer Mario Soldati once said, then it is also a story, and this wine symbolized the love story that made Verona famous: Romeo and Juliet. A legend, a place, a myth, Verona attracts thousands of hopeless romantics each year, thus, an original photograph of Juliet’s courtyard by photographer Giò Martorana has become the signature label of this wine. Now that's amore!

Appearance: Medium straw;

Nose: Strawberry, citrus;

Palate: Weighty mouthfeel, honey, lemon, white peach, ripe yellow apples;




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