Grape Varietal: 65% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 5% Corvinone & 5% Negrara
Growing Region: Valpolicella, Italy
Chief Winemaker: Giovanni Nordera

I had the pleasure of spending time with the Pasqua family last July at their winery in Veneto. They were celebrating 90 years of winemaking, and I was invited to revisit and sample their wonderful diverse range of quality wines, plus they gave me the honour of signing their special oak barrel marking this event. The current generation, and wider Pasqua family have not lost touch with tradition and have a confident hand guiding their future successes.

 

The vineyards for this wine are located on the gentle hillside slopes of Valpantena, in the north-east area of Valpolicella, just a short distance from the winery. The different parcels of ripe grapes were hand harvested in early October. After carefully choosing bunches having fruit not too tight, close to each other for ideal air flow. The grapes were allowed to slowly dry, raisin on wooden racks, with the length of the drying process a minimum of 120 days.
As the grapes dehydrate and raisin the berries increase in sugar extract by up to 30%. At the end of January the dried grapes were pressed and allowed to ferment for 25-30 days. Then pressed and racked into stainless steel tanks where malolactic fermentation took place. When deem ready, the wine was then transferred into small oak barrels where it was aged for 18-20 months. Before tasting, blending and bottling, where it aged in bottle for a minimum of 3-4 months before release.
In your glass you will be greeted by a deep rich red with a cinnamon-red hue. On the nose you will be enticed by vibrant fragrances of ripe dark currants, black berries along with sweet hazelnuts with subtle notes of violets and vanilla.
The palate is full and engaging with richly flavoured layers of dark fruits, bitter chocolate and savoury characters all seamlessly integrated with vanilla and tobacco notes. This wine is generous to a fault, with well-balanced natural tannins and confidently structured oak. The wine is warm, rich and engaging from the first sip through to its long finish.
This 2012 Pasqua ‘Amarone Della Valpolicella' DOCG has 15% Alc. Decant well and serve in an expressive glass at 17-18°C. 

A rich, complex 'Amarone' red wine packed with tradition.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
With good decanting, drinking well this winter season; plus will develop and age nicely for another 10-12 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with prime grilled red meats, slow cooked beef cheeks, game dishes and aged, richly flavoured hard cheeses, enjoy.