Pecorino DOP Pasetti
Clean, Intense Aromas, Mineral, Rich
Bright straw yellow, with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn and orange blossom.
Full-bodied, rich, unctuous with a pleasing mineral complexity.
Food Match: Lovely with cold starters, risotto and cheese.
Pasetti Pecorino is a "must-see" which fully reflects the strong traditions of the Abruzzo region. In their cradle, these native grapes express themselves excellently. Today, this young 100% pecorino wine represents one-third of the total production.
Pecorino is a white grape variety spread in Abruzzo for many years. Its origins are not so clear; the first bibliographic tracks date back to the time of Cato the Censor who classified it in the group of the ammeos together with other groups (Greco di Tufo, Grechetto and Pignoletto). This group of grapes takes its name from the people of Amneos, native of Tessely, who brought these grapes to our peninsula during their migrations.
The ampelographic bulletin of the State of 1875 (file II) describes the pecorino as a grape that is cultivated in the vineyards of the middle Adriatic sea; among the wines born in these places, it’s the one which gives the early native fruit.
It grows in the surroundings of Pescosansonesco (550 meters above sea level) and Capestrano (450 meters above sea level). Vineyards are located at the foot of Gran Sasso in a very windy place.
Pescosansonesco is an ancient historical Roman and Norman military garrison at the foot of the Gran Sasso massif, at 500 m above sea level. It is one of the most interesting wine regions because of its peculiar climatic conditions, featuring wide thermal ranges, both during the day and during the year, clayey and calcareous soil and a rocky but crumbly subsoil.
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.