Rondinella

 

Name of varietal: Rondinella
 
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Parentage of the grape: mutation of Corvina
 
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 mostly likely an early version of Amarone or Recioto made from Rondinella and its blending partners Corvina and Molinara. “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 Rondinella 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 Rondinella and its sidekicks became a popular export. But subsequent trade embargoes Read more »

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  • Bussola Valpolicella Ripasso 2004

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    The wine is a bright ruby color in the glass, with just the faintest hint of amber along the edges. The nose is quite nice, with earthy notes of cedar, leather and fresh herbs over concentrated fruit notes of ripe plum and raisin. The taste is sublime, with a burst of sweet cherry and anise at the outset, which transitions to some espresso and... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Zenato Alanera 2012

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    Rich, spiced, dark plum is prominent on the nose with a solid layer of shale ... tobacco. 55% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 10% Corvinone, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 90 P Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc


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

    From the article Dependable Wines, Part Two


  • Fratelli Vogadori Amarone 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Fratelli Vogadori Valpolicella Ripasso 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Bolla Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso le Poiane 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Zenato Ripasso Valpolicella 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • It’s not what you think it is, and I’m not sure what the producers ... $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, if a bit edgy ... 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


  • Bertani Secco Valpolicella Valpantena Ripasso 2011

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    Wine review by mark


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