Passerina is an ancient and traditional grape variety used in the white wines of central Italy, particularly the Marche region. Passero is the Italian word for "sparrow, " the bird well-known to Italian vitners for its voracious appetite for ripe Passerina grapes. The Italian diminutive "–ina" indicates the quite small size of Passerina grapes. The variety is also relatively high in acidity, resulting in a fresh, inviting wine balancing freshness with structure. Ripe fruit and aromatic herbs are complimented by floral notes, finishing with an unexpected, though delightful, minerality. Best enjoyed young to fully appreciate the crisp, juicy characteristic of this wine.