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The Gran Passione, a blend of Corvina and Merlot, is crafted in the tradition of “Apassimento” (to dry and shrivel), the same style as Amarone wines of the region. This technique has its roots in an ancient past dating back to the Roman era. Over the centuries, this method of “drying” the grapes before crushing has been honed, resulting in this unique expression of northern Italy.*
The grapes for today's wine are hand-selected and harvested at the beginning of October to achieve the highest sugar content. After drying on the vines for about 15 days, they are pressed and the fermentation starts; the skins are left in the must for a period to extract and intensify the flavors. The wine is then aged in oak vats for 3 months;* this restrained use of oak adds complexity without making it too heavy, and all those generous fruit characters take center stage on the palate.
The 2018 Gran Passione is medium-to-full-bodied, super juicy, and loaded with aromas of brambly black raspberries and cassis that follow through on the silky palate and are entwined with notes of baking spice and savory herbs. Vibrant acidity emerges on the long and satisfying finish along with notes of dark chocolate.
Producer Name: Gran Passione
Old/New World: Old World
Country of Origin: Italy
Quality Designation: Veneto IGT
Grape Varietals: 60% Merlot 40% Corvina
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Viticultural Features: Conventional
Winemaking Techniques: Apassimento, Oak barrel aging for 3 months
Pack/Size: 12/750 ml
Container Type: Glass Bottle
Closure Style: Cork