Moscato Gesmino 2021 – Pasetti Vini
The grapes undergo a 40-day appassimento process in a fruit-drying room, resulting in naturally sweet flavours. The wine exhibits a crystalline golden yellow color, with aromas of peach jam, dried figs, and acacia honey. It is a sweet wine characterised by remarkable minerality and pronounced acidity. The finish showcases a remarkable olfactory and gustatory persistence.
Gesmino pairs excellently with dry biscuits and pastry products. It also offers an interesting and enjoyable pairing with medium-aged cheeses accompanied by honey or jam.
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Pasetti’s history has its roots in the “Bourbons” era when Silvestro Pasetti purchased several parcels of land and began planting vineyards. Silvestro’s dream was carried on by his son Rocco, who never gave up, especially when faced with and defeated the phylloxera plague.
Currently, Mimmo runs the winery, torn between the desire to thoroughly preserve the heritage of beloved Abruzzo and his natural inclination for innovation.
Francesca, Mimmo’s eldest daughter, had red hair, just like the beautiful Madame Rachele, Franco’s mother. Franco bottled the “Testarossa” Montepulciano and Trebbiano wines as a tribute to these two charming women who represent the symbol of the family’s past and future. Today, Testarossa is the most representative brand of the Pasetti winery.
All of Pasetti’s wines are produced in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park. These wines reflect a commitment to staying connected to local places and native grape varieties. The red Testarossa is made with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes, while other wines are produced from Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Pecorino, and Passerina white grape varieties. Pasetti also produces a wonderful sweet white wine made from Moscatello di Castiglione grapes, an ancient variety that has nearly disappeared.
At a time when many viticulturists were planting international grape varieties like Cabernet, Merlot, and Chardonnay, Mimmo decided to focus on native grapes. He was confident that these grapes would yield excellent results when grown in suitable soils. With this certainty, Mimmo revived an ancient vine variety: Pecorino. The gamble paid off, and today Pecorino wine presents great opportunities for the entire Abruzzo winemaking community.
Moscato di Castiglione
Moscato di Castiglione is an indigenous white grape variety that belongs to the ancient muscat family, which was widely cultivated by the Romans. It is particularly common in the region of Abruzzo, Italy. The cultivation of this variety spread during the Middle Ages, thanks to the Venetians. Through their trade connections with Mediterranean islands, they brought Moscato di Castiglione to Northern Europe. Among the different variations of Moscato, this white variety is highly prized for its unique characteristics and qualities.