Rocco Pasetti's superbly sited, 30-hectare estate lies in the heart of the Collecorvino district in the hills northwest of Pescara, recognised as one of the best vineyard zones in Abruzzo.Surrounding the winery, the south-facing slopes of clay-chalk soils, at around 250m altitude, are ideal for the cultivation of Montepulciano, with Pecorino grown on the lower slopes. The cellar was completed in 2004 - carved into the hillside. Rocco's son, Franco Pasetti, is also a winemaker and now works alongside him at the estate.The Contesa wines are impeccably-made expressions of Abruzzo's local grapes - modern and easy to drink, yet wines of real substance.
Azienda Agricola Contesa Caparrone Abruzzo Passerina 2019
Fresh citrus nose, vibrantly aromastic with lemon zest, sherbert and grapefruit. The palate is bright with incisive citrus and stone fruit characters balanced by taut acidity giving an appealing texture and clean, crisp finish. A taut, fresh and lightly floral white from Passerina, an indigenous variety from Italy’s Adriatic coast. Like the riper, fuller, hugely popular Pecorino, it’s a great accompaniment to the local seafood. Contesa, one of the grape’s pioneers in Abruzzo, make a taut, mineral style with vibrant citrus fruit. Well worth discovering.
The Passerina grapes are sourced from vines grown on chalky clay soils at Silvi (on the Adriatic coast) and a little inland at Moscufo. The grapes are softly pressed and macerated on skins, at low temperature, for 8 hours. Fermentation is in stainless steel.