Molinara

Common synonyms: Breppion Scavolegno, Breppion Scuro, Breppon, Molinara Ciara, Molinara Rada, Pola, Rossanella, Rossanella Gentile, Rossara, Rossara della Forcella, Rossiccio Chiaro, Scavolegno, Sola, Uva Salata, Vespone

Parentage of the grape: None found.

History of the grape: Traditionally used to add acidity to the Valpolicella blend, it is being phased out due to its propensity for rapid oxidation.

Characteristics of the grape: Pale in color, high in acidity, light in body. Can be tannic.

Regions where the grape currently is important: The Veneto.

Type or types of wines the grape produces: This variety is a traditional blending partner in Amarone, Valpolicella, and Bardolino. Its already minor role in these wines is shrinking further, however, as quality-minded producers replace it with Corvina and Rondinella.

Valpolicella can be anything from a relatively light and fresh wine to a rich one made in the ripasso style.

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  • Last week, we looked at a group of ubiquitous white wines. All of these wines ... ... 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 fruity as well. This is a rather sim... Read More

    From the article Dependable Wines, Part Two


  • It’s not what you think it is, and I’m not sure what the producers ... Classico Superiore Rafael $15Molinara, corvina, rondinellaAged 15 months in large format wood 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 ... 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


  • Valpolicella Classico Lucchine. Fratelli Tedeschi 2012

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    Gorgeously floral on the nose, with a lovely core of crushed blueberry, and wild berry almost black currant aromas. On the palate one finds big acid driven red fruit flavors supported by some nice fine tannins and a bit of minerality all leading to a nice cherry skin finish. Juicy, firm and brightly vivid in the mouth this is all about fresh an... 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

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