Bianco Terre Aquilane Testarossa Magnum
Complex Bouquet, Full-Bodied, Intense Aromas, Long Finish
The Terre Aquilane is a bright golden yellow wine with an intense and complex bouquet of dried white flowers and dried fruits, sage, vanilla and curry.
Full body and soft with a perfect balance between alcohol strength and long aromatic persistence. A hint of smoke is mixed with the aroma of butter which returns to the palate with a full sensation of roundness, softness and a long persistence.
Elegant and harmonious, fresh and complex, it can be appreciated after several years.
Aged 12 months in barriques and 6 months in bottle.
FOOD PAIRING Perfectly matched with structured and aromatic dishes, curries, fishes cooked with aromatic herbs, white meat or seasoned herbal cheeses.
This wine is obtained from Trebbiano d’Abruzzo and Pecorino grapes which are softly pressed. The must is settled and clarified at a low temperature and then it ferments in small oak barrels of 225 and 550 liters where it ages for 12 months after the vintage.
White vinification with cryomaceration at 4 °C for 18/24 hours, precrushing and soft pressing. The successive refrigeration of the must promotes the decantation and consequent elimination of suspended matter. No malolactic fermentation.
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.
Pasetti history is rooted in “Borboni” era, when Silvestro Pasetti – Mimmo’s ancestor – bought several pieces of land from Farina marquis: and started to plant some vineyards. Silvestro’s dream was carried on by his son Rocco who never gave up, especially when he had to face and defeat the fillossera plague.
Nowadays Mimmo, a few generations down the line, runs the winery: he got the deep love for his place from the father and in the same way, he got an utmost discretion from him. Although hailing from a place hostile towards outward interferences, Mimmo’s attitude is divided between the will to thoroughly safeguard the heritage of the beloved Abruzzo and his natural tendency for innovation.
Francesca, Mimmo’s first daughter, had red hair, exactly as the beautiful Madame Rachele – Franco’s mother had. Franco bottled the “Testarossa” wine, to pay homage to those two charming women, which represent the symbol of the past and the future of the family. Today, Testarossa is the most representative brand of Pasetti winery.
His dreams were coming true. A remote 45 years old vineyard was hiding in the middle of the above-said land: wildly neglected, that precious vineyard came back to life thanks to Mimmo’s efforts and love. Finally, in 2000, the old vineyard gave delicious fruits away. Those fruits will become the top wine of Pasetti winery: Harimann. This dry red wine is both majestic and fine, with soft and persuasive tannins. The word “Harimann” derives from “Harimanni”: northerner soldiers that in medieval time moved to Abruzzo. Strong and brave warriors, like Mimmo is.
All the wines that Pasetti makes are coming from the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park. These wines represent the will to remain connected both to local places and native grapes. Harimann and red Testarossa are made with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes, some other wines are obtained from Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Pecorino and Passerina white grape varieties, instead. Pasetti also makes a wonderful sweet white wine made with Moscatello di Castiglione grapes, an ancient vine variety that has almost disappeared.
At a time when the most part of the viticulturists used to implant international grapes like Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay, Mimmo decided to focus on native grapes. He was sure they would be able to give excellent results if implanted in proper soil. Because of his certainty, Mimmo recovered an ancient vine variety : the Pecorino. The bet was won and today the pecorino wine is giving great opportunities to the whole Abruzzo wine-maker community.
Mimmo is a reserved man and solitude lover. Nevertheless he is the president of the regional Coldiretti, because the passion he has for the viticulture is not only towards his winery: there are more than 30.000 small farms in Abruzzo, which may be able to make the difference in the wine world, if only they were organized in a proper way. Today Mimmo and his wine Laura, a dynamic and smart woman, run the winery along with their 3 sons: Francesca Rachele who manages the offices, Massimo who is the export manager and the last one, Davide, who is an eonologist.