Variety: 100% Garganega
Region: Veneto, Italy
Cost: $16 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: PassioneSentimento Bianco has been created based on the idea of using Garganega alone to obtain an elegant white, with good structure, which evolves successfully over time. A white wine that, on the nose, reveals intense and decisive aromas, citrus notes and overtones of apricot and peach. On the palate, it is rounded and pleasant, well balanced with an enduring finish.
My Review: This is another of those wines that I almost want to spend more time talking about the label design than the actual wine. I won’t, but I really do like the graffiti-esque label design; it grabs the eye and conveys a playfulness and willingness to break the rules that I can appreciate, and that I think is in line with the approach to this Prosecco (more on that below).
In the glass the wine was a light golden colour, and on the nose I picked up aromas of citrus and peach that carried through to the palate. Here, the winemaker deviated, tanking the wine for 60 days instead of the standard 30, which resulted in very tiny bubbles as opposed to the larger ones that I often associate with Prosecco.
My wife and I enjoyed this wine on its own as a celebration for surviving a trip to see family, and I honestly think that’s the best way to enjoy it – shared with family and friends celebrating something great, or something as trivial as a successful family visit over Memorial Day weekend.
For $16 I like the value on this wine, and it’s one I’d keep an eye out for again when an occasion calls for sparkling wine (which could just be a Tuesday to be honest).
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.