2007 Trabucchi d’Illasi – Passito Sparavieri – IGT Veneto

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

2007 Trabucchi d'Illasi - Passito Sparavieri - IGT VenetoIn 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.

4 / 5 stars      

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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13 comments on “2007 Trabucchi d’Illasi – Passito Sparavieri – IGT Veneto”

  1. winetalks winetalks Reply

    So far the only wine from Trabucchi that I tried was the Dandarin. Looking forward to try their other wines 🙂
    Maybe I can convince a wine shop to import them! It’s so hard to find Trabucchi in the US 🙁
    One of my favorite dessert wines comes from Portugal. Blandy’s NV Verdelho Madeira is a good one!

    • vino in love Reply

      Thanks for stopping by! Even though Trabucchi makes excellent wines, they are still relatively hard to find. Your best bet might be contacting them directly.
      Fortified wine from Madeira is delicious!

  2. Marco van Puff Reply

    Great review but unfortunately dessert wines and fortified wines are not among my favorites. But I have a question why is the wine only classified as IGT? Isn’t that the category for table wine?

    • vino in love Reply

      The wine is classified as IGT Veneto because the DOCG region for the wine is located a few kilometers away from the area of where the grapes are grown.

  3. theducksong Reply

    i dont know the wine but i love your wine glass! looks so nice. i need some like them 🙂 where did you get them?

  4. talkavino Reply

    Great description, Julian, definitely makes the wine I want to try. On my short list of OMG sweet wines is Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Icewine, Triana Pedro Ximenez and Donnafugata Ben Rye

  5. Sean P. Reply

    Interesting tasting notes. I love sweet wines, which have almonds on the bouquet!
    I would enjoy this passito for sure! I tried Recioto Soave Tranucchi and it was world-changing!

  6. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    Only recently, I bought a whole case (six bottles) of Passito Sparavieri! Haven’t tried it yet but can’t wait to finally uncork one! What a coincidence what you posted your tasting notes for it around the same time 🙂

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