Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC Testarossa
Complex, Elegant, Full-Bodied, Long Finish
It’s a deepy ruby red wine which opens up to scents of ripe red fruits cherries and violet. On the palate a rounded rich taste of blackberries, blueberries, plums, mixed up with tertiary aromas of cocoa, liquorice, tobacco, cloves, black pepper and leather.
It’s a warm and full-bodied wine with elegant tannins, good structure and persistence. It can be appreciated after several years.
Matching suggestions: Lasagna, first courses with tomato sauce, “arrosticini” (typical sheep meat from Abruzzo), braised meats, wild game, herbal and seasoned cheeses.
The Testarossa is made through a more rigorous harvesting, usually two weeks later than the other Montepulciano, and from vines with a little more age.
It follows the same fermentation in stainless steel, but barrique ageing is done in 20 litres casks as opposed to 60. So there is a little more oak, although more time for bottle age is allowed for the oak and the fruit to come together.
Both go through natural malolactic fermentation, so adding to its impressive smoothness.
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.