Review: 2014 Gran Passione Rosso Veneto IGT

gran passioneA blend of 60% merlot and 40% corvina, this is a deep purple, wholly opaque wine with a pungency that you’ll find from wines like this — “apassimento” wines that are made from dried grapes, common in northern Italy. (Think Amarone, but on a much simpler scale.) The initial rush of fruit and florals — think strawberries and rose petals — quickly gives way to a sticky dried fruit notes, with notes of citrus juice and some sweet-tart dried fruit. The finish brings on some vinegar notes, but it does little to counteract the extreme sweetness, which really lingers on the palate for far too long.

I love Amarone and other apassimento wines, but this one feels a bit too immature for prime time.

B- / $12 /

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