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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  • 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 Superiore le Sassine 2009

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  • 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 Ripasso 2008

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  • 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

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  • Le Ragose Valpolicella Italy 2012

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  • 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

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  • Speri Valpolicella Classico Superiore Sant'Urbano 2010

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  • 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

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