It is about time that I finally publish this wine review but I have been quite busy over the last months so excuse the delay!
A sweet wine from the Veneto
Northern Italy, especially the Veneto, is famous for many great red and white wines like Amarone della Valpolicella or Soave Classico. However, many high-quality Sweet wines are produced in northern Italy, too. Today I want to introduce to you one of my favorite sweet wines – Passito Sparavieri. It is manufactured by Veronese winery Trabucchi d’Illasi.
In general, a passito is type of raisin wine produced from grapes that have been sun-dried on straw mats to concentrate their juice. This process is called appassimento. Trabucchi’s Passito Sparavieri is made from 100% Garganega grapes which were dried from September to January. During this process they lost over 60% of their weight. (grapes for a good Recioto della Valpolicella can lose up to 80% of their weight).
Because the grapes used for the Passito Sparavieri are grown in the province of Verona, the wine does not qualify for the Recioto di Soave DOCG appellation. Therefore, the wine is classified as IGT Veneto.
Tasting notes Passito Sparavieri
In the glass, Passito Sparavieri had a golden-amber color. On the nose, there were intense aromas of dried fruit, caramel, honey and almonds. Alcohol by volume was label listed at 13%. On the palate, Passito Sparavieri was smooth and sweet. I tasted nuts and again dried, caramelized fruits. The wine was extremely intense. Passito Sparavieri was syrupy and had a long finish.
I paired the Passito Sparavieri with homemade biscotti (or cantuccini how we say in Italy). Traditionally, biscotti are served together with Vin Santo but a good passito often works, too.
It is recommended to serve the Passito Sparavieri in large glasses, which are similar to Burgundy wine glasses.
The wine is bottled in 0.5 liter bottles and retails in Munich for 30€.
It is worth knowing that the Passito Sparavieri is an organic-certified wine – just like all the other wines from Trabucchi.
Passito Sparavieri has a great quality-price ratio but if you are looking for something a little better then I highly suggest that you give Trabucchi’s Recioto della Valpolicella and Recioto di Soave a try.
The wine has, ever since I first tried it in Munich at Cafe L’Amar, one of my favorite restaurants and wine shops, become one of my favorite sweet wines. Passito Sparavieri is listed in my current top 10 list.
What is your opinion on sweet/dessert wines? What is your favorite one?
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