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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  • Last week, we looked at a group of ubiquitous white wines. All of these wines ... ... quaffable blend of 65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella and 5% Molinara from Veneto sells for around $13. It begins with a very aromatic bouquet of red cherry, plum and some herbs. Basically it smells like a delicious fresh fruit salad. The wine tastes fresh and frui... Read More

    From the article Dependable Wines, Part Two


  • G. Cesari Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Fratelli Vogadori Amarone 2006

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    Wine review by mark


  • Fratelli Vogadori Valpolicella Ripasso 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Bolla Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso le Poiane 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Masi Costasera Amarone 2009

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • Tezza Valpolicella Superiore Brolo del Giare 2007

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    Still young and vibrant Italian corvina blend. Lots of dark fruit - black cherry wrapped in dark chocolate. Slightly edgy tannin with a decent acidic backbone. Give this puppy some air time and serve with food, went well with vegetable lasagna and garlic bread. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Zenato Ripasso Valpolicella 2010

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    Wine review by mark


  • It’s not what you think it is, and I’m not sure what the producers ... Superiore 14% $26Majority Corvina with 10% Rondinella and 10% Croatina and Osceleta in a typical blend. 18 months  in barrique 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, ... Read More

    From the article Flowers, Minerals, Black Cherries!


  • Bertani Secco Valpolicella Valpantena Ripasso 2011

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    Floral and mineral on the nose with strong aromas of limestone and mineral water, over underlying spice with hints of violets and some dried cherry fruit. Fresher and lighter on entry than one might expect but this quickly gains focus in the mouth with good acids and austere little tannins adding dryness and depth to the palate. The flavors are ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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