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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Corvina on Snooth

  • Bolla Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso le Poiane 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Masi Costasera Amarone 2009

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    Had it in Huntington Beach Read More

    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


  • 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


  • Tedeschi Maternigo Valpolicella Superiore 2011

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    Chalky and tight on the nose with reticent notes of dried herbs and emerging notes of tobacco, and huge soil tones. This is a big Valpolicella, a little chewy, packed with fruit that retains a nice edge of bitterness that recalls apple,seeds. Air brings out the violets on the nose, while bright acids add lift to the juicy blueberry, red currant... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tedeschi Corasco IGT Delle Venezie 2010

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    Lots of tobacco and carob on the nose with plenty of spice notes, green leaf, and green peppercorn. This is very fruity on entry, with lots of strawberry and fine almost blue fruits in an elegant style. The midplate reveals a little plumpness with tons of pure, crushed wild berry fruit, and clean, firm mineral driven flavors through the finish. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tedeschi Valpolicella Superiore Capitel Nicalo 2011

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    Smoky on the nose with hints of smoldering herbs framing aromas of dark fruit, lots of flinty mineral notes, rosehips, dried fruit and green peppercorn spice. Almost sweet on entry, with a fine base of tannins, this reveals rose petal and slightly plummy fruit on the palate with lots of spice and leafy accents. Smooth and rich with a nice licori... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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


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