Corvina

Common synonyms: Corvina Veronese, Cruina, Cassabria

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Veneto, Italy

History of the grape: There are 6th century written documents by Cassiodoro, a magistrate of Visigoth King Theodorus, describing a sweet wine made from half dried grapes in Verona that is most likely an early version of Amarone or Recioto made from Corvina. “Straw wine,” the process used to make these wines by drying grapes on straw mats before pressing, is a style of wine-making that was passed on from the ancient Greeks. In 643 Lombard King Rotari wrote an edict protecting Corvina and other local grapes from being pulled. Venice became a center of trade during the Byzantine Empire, and Valpolicella (a name that is a likely combination of ancient Greek and Latin meaning “wine from many cellars”) wines made with Corvina (and traditionally Rondinella and Molinara) became a popular export. But subsequent trade embargoes with the Ottomans forced local wine-makers to broaden Read more »

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  • Le Ragose Valpolicella Superiore Marta Galli 2009

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    Smoky steminess on the nose lends this a Cabernet Franc like perfume laden with a little pyrazine note. Rich and velvety in the mouth, this is a mini Amarone with deep fruit thats a little pruny, more prunes in alcohol than dried fruit. This is quite front loaded on the palate, fairly tannic and with a rich vein of herbal extract and Vegemite fl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Le Ragose Valpolicella Superiore le Sassine 2009

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    Spicy on the nose, which is a little leafy, with curranty fruit and some paprika accents. Big and rich with wild raspberry and cherry fruit carrying faint shadings of chocolate on the palate. This is, bitterish, deep but transparent on the palate with fresh tannins, lively acids, fine minerality on the backend good length to the dark cherry rhub... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Le Ragose Valpolicella Ripasso 2008

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    Dark cherry fruit greets the nose along with layers of spicy, earthy, slightly oaky, and decidedly medicinal herbal aromas that have a slight beet root edge to them. Bright acids on entry promise a fresh wie though this immediately reveals a bit of a meaty palate rich with dark cherry fruit, rose petals, and then masses of minerally, roasted me... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Le Ragose Valpolicella Italy 2012

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    A bit oily, with dark stemmy aromas on the nose and lots of dried floral and almost autumnal spice notes. Almost sweet on entry, then broad in the mouth with assertive saline minerality to the clear and bright palate which gains firmness from a base of fine grained tannins. Elegant in the mouth, this has some weight up front but finishes with a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Speri Valpolicella Classico Superiore Sant'Urbano 2010

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    First the amarone grapes are selected for amarone, then the ones that remain are used for this wine, started with this wine in the 1980s Lots of oak and chocolate on the nose, smells like a statement wine, meaty, earthy, fine almost sage and paprika notes all cascade across the nose. On the palate this is elegant, soft and focused, a nice blend... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Speri Valpollicella Ripasso 2011

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    Lots of dark dried fruit greets the nose along with a little pencil lead. This is supple in the mouth, rich and soft with lots of creamy edges to the dark cherry fruit. Wood tannins add some spiciness to the palate, and this is very fresh with acid and stony/mineral notes on the finish. Moderately rich and deceptively so with lovely freshness of... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Speri Valpolicella Classico Superiore la Roverina 2011

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    Smells less fresh though more complex than the straight valpolicella. The wood here is obvious but well integrated, and tones down the violet aromas, inching the fruit towards black berry with darker cherry shadings. A touch smoky, light but fairly fullish bodied for a lighter styled wine, there's power here and a little creaminess. The acid is... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Speri Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2012

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    Gorgeous on the nose, all crushed fruit and flowers, and some low minty wild herbs slowly emerging with air. Delicate, juicy and simply vibrant on the palate with lovely purity to the flavors of crushed cherry fruit framed with violets and dried herb highlIghts ending with a firm, tart lingonberry jam note. Bracing and cleansing, with a fine as... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella 2011

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    Pepper, leather, dried blue flowers, and a hint of grilled meats frame subtle fruit on the nose. With a hint of sweetness on entry, this turns immediately round and generous in the mouth. Silky, though with some weight to the polished black cherry fruit on the palate that shows flashes of mint and spice leading to a lightly spiced, baked cherry ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tommasi Viticoltori Valpolicella Classico Superiore Rafael 2011

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    Spicy on the nose, and redolent of small wild flowers wrapped around blue and black fruits. Supple and broad on the palate, this really reaches from side to side of the mouth with attractively aromatic blue floral inner mouth perfumes, a hint of something candied and minty and then a core of slightly wild plummy, extract of wild cherry fruit. T... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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