Brand: Gran Passione is a label of the Botter family, who since 1928 have been producing wines under environmentally friendly practices. Today the company is managed by the family’s third generation, with a “multi-territorial approach that spans the whole of Italy”, focusing on native vines and organic viticulture. Gran Passione sets out to express the passion, devotion and tradition of vine growers.
Winemaking: Grapes are from vineyards with clay and limestone soils. Aged for at least 9-12 months in wooden casks, then in stainless steel tanks before bottling. [A total aging time of at least 24 months is required for Riserva status.]
Tasting notes: Red-violet in colour with inviting cherry, raspberry, cinnamon, pepper spice and floral aromas. Black cherry, red currant, black pepper, leather and a streak of sour cherry are framed by pleasantly bitter tannins and bright acidity. A wisp of smoky earth along with a returning shake of cinnamon compliment the dry, fruity finish. Friendly and rustic, an easy drinking Negroamaro that is comfortable on its own or with a wide variety of hearty dishes.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Though it drinks well on its own, this full-bodied red wine pairs with heartier meals such as roasted and grilled red meat, stews and dried sausages.
Salice Salentino DOC
Produced by Casa Vinicola Botter & C. S.P.A.
$13 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2020
Sample submitted for editorial consideration