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2013 Gran Passione Italian (Piedmont) Red "Rosso"

Winery: Gran Passione

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Rosso"

Wine Category: Italian (Piedmont) Red

Grape blend: 60% Merlot & 40% Corvina

Region: Veneto

State or country: Italy

Price: $12

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 88 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: November 14, 2015

Wine Review: This dark garnet colored red from the Piedmont is another good value from Gran Passione. It opens with a black cherry and mild oak bouquet with a hint of pomegranate. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, balanced, and rich. The flavor profile is red raspberry with notes of mild plump raisin, black cherry and oak in the background. This wine uses some sun dried grapes to get its unique flavor profile. Readers who enjoy Amarone and Ripasso-style wines will enjoy this wine for a fraction of the cost. The finish is dry and its flavors and gentle tannins drift away nicely. This wine is food friendly and would pair well with Mario Batali's veal cutlets with sage, Roman style saltimbocca alla romana. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Rosso is crafted in the tradition of "Apassimento" (to dry and shrivel), the same style as Amarone wines of the region. It has an intense purple color, tending towards amber with aging. It is full-bodied with a solid structure due to the elevated alcohol and fine balance between soft tannins and acidity from rich red and black fruits. Great wine for roasted and grilled meats. Ideal with game dishes. Excellent with mature hard cheeses.

Organic status: not organic

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