Umberto Valle was in town this week paying visits to some of his supporters, though his visits were a little shorter than normal. Weather conditions in Tuscany were nothing short of terrible, which meant that they decided to bottle only one Morellino di Scansano. This is obviously a financial hit to the winery, but one that a conscientious winemaker has to make in these circumstances. The silver lining, we believe, is that “Passera” has benefited from the incorporation of the fruit from the estates older vines, leading to a more developed aromatic presence. Still light and fresh, as it was only aged in steel and concrete before bottling, you wouldn’t guess that this wine is the result of such a bad vintage. Try “Passera” with a simple pasta with mushrooms or fresh fava beans.