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Testarossa Montepulciano d'Abruzzo by Pasetti 2010

Testarossa Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

by Pasetti 2010

Producer : Pasetti

Region : Abruzzo (Italy), Italy (Italy)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Tasting Notes

This one's a greatly structured wine with deep red ruby color with pomegranate at the edge. It has a bouquet of red ripe fruits, especially cherry and bitter cherry, with spicy notes. The taste is full and round with persistent flavors of marmalade, vanilla, coffee and licorice. Aged in 20-hectolitre bay oak barrels for more than 24 months. Excellent with roasted meat and game, grilled meat, seasoned cheese and salami.


Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Pasetti
Region Abruzzo (Italy), Italy (Italy)
Alcohol 14% alc. / vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2010
Farming Method Organic, Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes Montepulciano
Wine Type Red
Price of Case $479.40

The Producer


The roots of the Pasetti family are deeply intertwined with the region. The tale of the Pasetti estate commenced in the early 1900s when Silvestro, Mimmo Pasetti's great grandfather, acquired the initial vineyards primarily as a grape grower. It was Franco, his grandson, who took the bold step of using their grapes to craft wines under their own label. The inaugural bottling marked the celebration of the birth of his first grandchild, Francesca. Just like her grandmother Rachele, Francesca boasted stunning red hair, inspiring the name of the wine label: 'Testarossa' (redhead).

Mimmo, Franco's son, eventually assumed control of the winery and, defying conventional practices in the region, opted to focus on producing premium wines, deviating from the common trend of economically priced wines of moderate quality. Together with his dynamic wife Laura, Mimmo carefully expanded their property by adding selected vineyards, all situated within the National Park area of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga. Assisting them in their endeavors are their three children – Business Manager Francesca Rachele, Export Manager Massimo, and Enologist Davide.

Pasetti's Montepulciano d'Abruzzo vines flourish in Pescosansonesco, positioned at an elevation of 550 meters above sea level. Nestled at the base of Gran Sasso in a windy location with a wide temperature range, the vineyards boast clay-calcareous soil rich in skeletal components. These vineyards yield approximately 110 quintals per hectare.

In terms of vinification, the grapes are harvested at the end of October, and red vinification initiates with the juice undergoing 10–15 days of skin contact. Fermentation takes place with selected yeasts at a low temperature. Subsequently, the wine is aged in steel tanks for 18 months, followed by an additional 8 months in 60hl oak barrels, concluding with a final 6 months of bottle aging before release. The malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously.


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