Appassimento Wines for Summer
This week, we’re featuring two wines produced in the Appassimento style. Appassimento is an Italian term for drying grapes (while still on the vine), traditionally placed on bamboo racks or straw mats for a few weeks up to several months to concentrate the sugars and flavors. This process is used in making Amarone, Recioto and Sforzato wines. The grapes, now more like raisins, make for rich, concentrated wine with just enough tannins and acidity to balance out the jammy flavors.
Casa Vinironia Appassimento Rosso
Varietals: Negroamaro (50%), Merlot (20%), Primitivo (20%), and Malvasia nera (10%)
Region: Veneto, Italy
Tasting Notes: Full and persistent on the nose, full-bodied and well-balanced on the palate. This wine has a perfect balance between soft tannins and acidity. Pair with savory first courses, roasts, game, and aged cheeses.
Prodigo Nero d’Avola Appassimente
Varietals: 100% Nero d’Avola
Tasting Notes: It is evident that food and wine are harmoniously linked in Sicily, defining the region. It is known for its rich and full-bodied wines, as the Nero d’ Avola is produced using an “appassite” method of naturally drying the grapes prior to harvest. Our Nero d’ Avola appassite has a ruby-red color. The bouquet is slightly spicy and has notes of dried figs and ripe fruits of blackberry and boysenberry. The finish is round and velvety with notes of vanilla. Serve with pizza or pasta!