Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Grand Passione Barbera d'Asti, 2011

Gran Passione has several wines on the market, with a similar black label and pricing between $12 and $15 a bottle. So far, my favorite has been the Salice Salentino, although the Rosso (a Merlot blend) is also good.

Garnet ruby./ Cherries, flowers, opens up nicely. Bright flavors and good acidity. Ripe chocolatey finish but with a slight herbal bitterness similar to what I found with Rosa dell'Olmo Barbera d'Asti. This is a nice
Barbera d'Asti, but I think I prefer the Rosa dell'Olmo at about a third the price ($5.99 at Trader Joe's versus $14.99 at World Market).

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