Feudo Antico, Passerina Tullum Dop, Italy, 2016 through Merchant of Wine.

Feudo Antico, Passerina Tullum Dop, Italy, 2016

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Overview of the Wine
Excellent freshness, subtle mineral and intense fruity notes for an Abruzzo white of ancient origins which, like the Pecorino, owes its fortune to its recent rediscovery.

The Passerina grapes are hand harvested from the hilly area around Tollo in mid-October. The grapes are cold macerated for a short period and fermented at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks. The wine is stored on its 'lees' in tank for 6 months before bottling. 

Grape / Blend
100% Passerina

Tollo, Italy

Tasting Notes
Straw yellow with greenish reflections. This stunning Passerina has excellent freshness, with subtle minerality and intense fruity notes of peach, apricot and grapefruit. Well-structured with a long, lingering finish. 

Passerina is an ancient and traditional grape variety.

The variety differs considerably from region to region in terms of the wine it makes, but a familiar character of ripe citrus fruit unites Passerina wines. In Marche, the wines are sharper with an intense minerality whereas, on Italy's west coast, in Lazio the wines are softer with an almost creamy texture. Some ampelographers have suggested that Passerina is not one grape variety, but several, a hypothesis which is supported by this regional flavor disparity.

Passero is the Italian word for "sparrow", the bird known to Italian vinegrowers for its voracious appetite for ripe Passerina grapes. The Italian "–ina" suffix is a diminutive, and indicates the relatively small size of Passerina grapes.

Passerina also goes by the names Uva Passera, Campolese, and Trebbiano di Teramo, after the Teramo hills (Colli Teramane) in northern Abruzzo. It is even sometimes known as Pagadebit, meaning debt-payer, although this name is given to several high-yielding Italian grape varieties.

Passerina vines have mid-sized, pentagonal leaves and small grapes, which grow in medium-to-large clusters. The berry's skin is quite thick and ripens to a deep golden color. The grapes ripen with a high level of natural sugars, and have correspondingly high acidity, making for balanced wines in all but the hottest sites.

92 points - Ian Blackburn
I opened the impressive looking bottle... beautiful perfume - clean, pure, elevated quality marks of a better wines - intensity, purity, focus, floral, citrus... a little richer and rounder than most Italian whites, a concentration and roundness that is very love-able and great acidity to pull it through.  I think this is an outstanding find from dependable importer - at this price point we look for things that are satisfying and offer a great value... this one overachieves... I only wish I could get more at an incredible price.

Product size: 750ml

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