Never say Never! The new Pasqua Amarone
How does it go? In life… never say never. Pasqua couldn’t have chosen a better name to christen the new line of top-level reds, debuting this year with the Valpolicella Superiore 2012 and Pasqua Amarone 2010. The unique nature of this project comes from the combination of the Pasqua family’s know-how and the exceptional terroir of the Montevegro vineyard, belonging to the Dal Colle family. The tasting preview of the wines confirmed our expectations. While waiting for the debut on the market (Valpolicella and Amarone will be on sale from October 2016), let’s find out more about these two reds with a brilliant future (watch the video).
Egidio Dal Colle, Pandoro industrialist (Verona’s Christmas cake), has always had a passion for vinegrowing: before meeting the Pasqua family, the grapes from his vineyard were delivered to Quintarelli. The vines are on a hill with a 360-degree exposure, at an altitude of 350 metres, overlooking the Val d’Illasi and the Val di Mezzane, with the Lessini mountains behind. The soil of basaltic and calcareous origin gives the wines great minerality. “Our family has been looking for a terroir like this all our lives. It has everything we need: from the altitude to the exposure to the sun, to the soil characteristics” explains Alessandro Pasqua, vice president of Pasqua Americas.
Pasqua Amarone: a new project
“With Never say Never, we have worked to obtain an extraordinary, iconic wine. We believe we can get confirmation from the market with brilliant results, which Veneto wines achieved all over the world last year,” says Umberto Pasqua, president of the family winery. But his son Riccardo Pasqua, CEO, points out, “the Never say Never project comes from the philosophy according to which nothing is impossible, but nothing is for granted and nothing is owed. We are certain that if we work hard on this terroir, with our winemakers’ ideas, we can create a legend.”
The Never say Never wines: Amarone 2010 and Valpolicella Superiore 2012
Both of the Never say Never reds are made from the same grape blend of traditional varieties –Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta. The Valpolicella Superiore, debuting with the 2012 vintage, displays intensity and body, revealing personality and elegance after the most austere start. The vintage is the result of a mild winter and a hot, dry summer, with water stress for the vines, which was overcome thanks to a more clement August. The harvest is done by hand and the grapes are selected; after soft pressing and fermentation under temperature control, the wine ages in 900-litre barrels and French oak barriques (new or second-year) for 18 months. The Amarone, the older brother that came out in 2010, is the result of an excellent vintage: high temperature swings and complete phenolic ripening lay the important foundations for a great wine for ageing. In the glass this young Amarone has structure, complexity, freshness and concentration, but with a certain potential. After 4 months of drying in crates, the crushed grapes are cold macerated, before fermentation in steel for 40 days. Ageing lasts 24 months in French oak (70% barriques and 30% first-year 900-litre barrels).
In the photo: Egidio Dal Colle among the rows of vines in the Montevegro vineyard