Pasqua "Romeo & Juliet" Passimento 2012 Red Blend Italy

Famiglia Pasqua 'Romeo & Juliet' Passione e Sentimento 2012 ~ Veneto, Italy

$36   $42

This is great……and here’s why!

Tony Aspler "soft on the palate, easy drinking.....deep ruby colour; tobacco and cherry bouquet; medium to ful-bodied, perfumed, rose petal and cherry flavour"

Wine Express ~ "Here's a wine with passion written all over it. The label depicts the famous wall of love near the Romeo & Juliet balcony in Verona where thousands of love messages have been inscribed over the years inspired by the tragic couple's ill-fated but undying love for one another. But the label also reflects to passion inside the bottle for making great wine from the nearby vineyards of Valpolicella. Merlot (40%), Corvina (30%) and Croatina (30%) are sourced from hillside vineyards in Valpantena. Just like in the production of Amarone, the Merlot and Corvina grapes are hand harvested with great care and then left to dry for 1 month in wooden trays in the winery. Here, thanks to the dry and well ventilated environment where the humidity level is carefully controlled, the grapes lose around 30% of their water content and gain high sugar concentration. Passione e Sentimento shows intense aromas of red berries with hints of spices on the nose. The palate is zesty and alive with rich berry fruit flavors, bitter chocolate, woodsmoke and brown spices while the tannins are ripe and velvety. It's a wine you've just gotta love that's also a classic value!

David Lawrason "....well balanced, with a fairly complex nose that includes lifted herbal/rosemary notes, sour cherry, roasted chestnut and some leather. A touch of perfume as well. It's medium-full bodied, fairly juicy and just a touch sweet, with chalky tannin. Very good length.....The label depicts lovers graffiti on Romeo and Juliet's wall in Verona; home base for Pasqua and the appassimento style of winemaking." (review of 2013 Vintage)

Berliner Wein Trophy (2015) – GOLD (Vintage 2014)
"Sakura" Japan Women's Wine Award (2016) - SILVER (Vintage 2014)
International Wine Challenge (2014) – SILVER (Vintage 2011)
"Sakura" Japan Women's Wine Award (2014) – SILVER (Vintage 2011)
Decanter World Wine Awards (2014) – COMMENDED (Vintage 2011)

Wineexpress – Wine of the day (Vintage 2013)
The Wine Gang – Month’s Favourite (Vintage 2013)
Fox58 – Perfect Food Pairing (Vintage 2013)
The Times (UK), – Week Best Buy (Vintage 2013)
Vestfoldavisen (Norway) 6/6 (Vintage 2013)
Oppland Arbeiderblad (Norway) 5/6 (Vintage 2013)

This special edition is dedicated to Verona and to Shakespeare's most famous love story, which was set in the city.

Every day thousands of lovetorn tourists leave sentimental notes on a wall in the courtyard beneath the balcony where Juliet is said to have been wooed by Romeo. This wall is captured on the label of Passione and Sentimento in an image shot by Giò Martorana, a famous Italian photographer.