The name of this week’s W.O.W. comes from appassimento, the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying the grapes before fermentation. This reduces the water content of the grapes, concentrates the juice and intensifies the flavor of the wine. The label was inspired by Romeo and Juliet’s Wall in the city of Verona.
2013 Pasqua, Passimento “Romeo and Juliet’s Wall”
This is a dense and deeply colored wine, full of concentrated ripe black and red cherry aromas and flavors, with a pleasant touch of vanilla and spice. The palate is complex and layered, with smooth tannins that lead to the long finish. This is a perfect match with osso bucco and other hardy meat dishes.