Full in body, dark in color, rich in berry flavors and soft in tannins, the Gran Passione is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Corvina. The Corvina is allowed to dry using the appassimento method, causing the fruit concentration and sugar levels to increase. It is the same technique used to make Amarone, and it is rarely used in wines as well-priced as this one! Look for some Amarone character along with ripe fruit flavors of dried cherry, raisin, prune and chocolate, and a hint of residual sugar. The quenching acidity makes it a good match for grilled meat. If you have been enjoying the off-dry reds from California like Menage à Trois and Apothic, you should give this a try. It is a classy wine and we know it will become a favorite.