Collefriso Passerina “Vignaquadra”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- A rediscovered ancient grape variety, indigenous to this area, has been a favorite with the Abruzzians for generations.
Varietal Composition: 100% Passerina
Elaboration: Maceration at low temperature upon grapes removal from the stalks. Follows a thermally controlled alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel.
Tasting Notes: Straw-like yellow color with green reflections. Citrus aromas, bergamot orange, and white flowers typical of the Mediterranean area. Good acidity, persistent on the nose.
Third-generation winemakers Amedeo De Luca and Antonio Patricelli created the Collefrisio winery in 2004 in the hills of Frisa, Chieti Province, in Italy’s Abruzzo region. The estate is based on the hilltop holdings they acquired from the Frisio family (hence the name “Collefrisio”). Vineyard holdings are 35 hectares in total, and all farming is organic. We first came to Amedeo and Antonio for their very fine Montepulciano, and have expanded our stateside selection into white varietals over the last year.