Over the years, many people have been trying to explain the origin of the strange name of this wine (Judas’ Blood). According to the most popular legend, Judas, risen from the dead and repented for his betrayal of Jesus, sacrificed himself to save the wonderful Oltrepò Pavese vineyards from a terrible disease. The local vine-growers decided therefore to dedicate their wine to Judas.This sweet semi-sparkling red from indigenous grapes (Croatina, Barbera and Uva Rara
) is produced only in a small area of the Versa Valley. The bubbles are created by natural fermentation, which is stopped cooling down the wine to get the desired amount of residual sugar.
The nose offers Fuji apple, cherry and black cherry notes. The acidity of Barbera and the tannins of Croatina save the palate from being too sweet. The pairing with baked pastry make ambrosia envious, but another classic pairing is with any kind of fruits dessert, especially if you’re on the beach caressed by the sea breeze under the moonlight. Best enjoyed at 8-10 °C.