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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  • Brolo Campofiorin Oro Rosso del Veronese IGT 2010

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    A little smoky and earthy on the nose which is curiously a bit nutty as well. Made in a polished, fairly rich style, this features a nice blend of fresh plum and dried cherry fruit that's a bit medicinal and short but smooth as silk with a hint of vanilla over the wild cherry fruit up front, and sneaky length, with flavors of grapes skin and min... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Masi Valpolicella Bonacosta 2012

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    Slightly carbonic nose, shows mineral, and fruity aromas with with peppery accents. Opening with fine young tannins, this is bright and zesty but rather savory and more herbal than fruity on the palate. Clean and fresh on the finish, a bit raw on the nose, and decidedly chalky and slightly astringent. 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bussola Valpolicella Classico Superiore Tb 2008

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    Incense, mineral, black fruit skin, greet the nose, full, deep and precise, rich, a bit leathery, deep with fresh red and dried raisin and prune fruits. theres a hint of wood here and a suggestion of evolution as well. This is superbly aromatic in the mouth, big black fruit on the palate all laced with medicinal, and licorice notes leading to a ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2010

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    Smoky, a bit of awkward oak, needs to integrate on the intense licorice, smoked meat, and black fruit scented nose. Juicy, big and mouth filling, if a bit edgy on the palate. This has a nice mineral base lurking under masses of dark fruit, jammy blackberry fruit on entry, then a bit denser. This has a nice modest structure and holds its alcohol... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Zenato Valpolicella Superiore 2011

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    A little raw, spicy, and hard on the nose with fresh, crisp fruit. in the mouth this is a bit smoky with bright minerality supporting hints of licorice and burnt brownie. Light and clear on the palate, simple fresh and pure, with a clean fresh finish, theres a touch of fruit skin tannin here fleshing out lovely black raspberry fruit. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Secco Original Vintage Edition Bertani 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by newyorkwineguy


  • There isn't a Valpolicella grape.  It is made from a blend of Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes.Amarone is expensive because they don't get as much juice form the partly dried grapes as in a usual pressing of fresh fruit.  That and it isn't released for at least three years from harvest.2004 was a very good year for Amarone and this bottle... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Newbie with a question on...


  • Umberto Cesari Valpolicella Ripasso Mara 2011

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    Fragrant wine . Bitter at the beginning but then mellows with hints of plum and boysenberry . Very complex with deep flavors. Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co


  • Masi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Costasera 2006

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    Nice and tart with slight road tar overtones Read More

    Wine review by danmang


  • Amarone Classico Della Valpolicella Ca' del Monte 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by sgoldy


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