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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  • Recioto Della Valpolicella la Roggia 2010

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    Huge aromas of raisins, dried blackberries, black cherries are joined by accents of bitter chocolate, black tea, and leather on the complex and deep nose. This is relatively sweet, with huge acids keep this lively, if quite creamy with black cherry fruit laced with vanilla on the palate. Theres a lot of spice and floral accent to the palate tho... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • It’s the heart of winter here in the northern hemisphere, a time when our ... Additional varieties such as Rondinella, Molinara, and occasionally obscure varieties such as Oseleta are added, either because of tradition, which can be hard to ignore both from a qualitative standpoint, as well as a viticultural standpoint, or to achieve a particul... Read More

    From the article Understanding Amarone


  • Bertani Villa Arvedi 2010

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    A fresher, more immediate style of Amarone produced since 2000 Spicy on the nose, with a lovely mix of African and Provençal spices. Almost curry like aromas are layered under big black cherry and wild berry fruit. Soft on entry with nice acids, and minor if firm tannins, this is round and creamy, with lots of bitter cherry wild berry fruit tha... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Le Ragose Corvina Blend Amarone Della Valpolicella 2006

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    The gorgeous nose, shows off brilliant aromas of sweet herbs, complex middle eastern spice, dried herb stem, and rose stems. Elegant and wide open in the mouth, there are lovely red fruit flavors here, redolent of raspberry juice, then tobacco, bitter wild cherries, and a little cinnamon add engaging complexity. Fine ripe tannins keep this livel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Le Ragose Amarone Marta Galli 2006

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    In tonneaux Woody on the nose and spicy with paprika, black currant, spicy green leaves, and strawberry top aromas. theres a sweetness of wood early on the palate, which is large scaled and typical of high end Amarone. Rich with dark fruit that is a bit extracted and deeply flavored with candied cherry notes and hint of black plum. This is a bi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tommasi Amarone Ca Florian 2007

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    7000 bottles, Corvina, Corvinone, rondinella, a little longer drying process than Amarone, aged for four year, two years tonneaux, two years in botte, Sweet candied black cherry fruit greets the nose along with a huge chocolate note, and steeped green herb accents. rather spicy and pure in the mouth, this shows much more energy and transparency... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Masi Amarone Mazzano 2006

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    Smokey and soil driven on the nose, though this remains a bit reticent in the glass. On the palate this wraps itself around your tongue and pulls. A touch tough, rich, chewy and powerfully built it leads off with deep flavors of dried fruits and flowers before changing gears on the midpalate where it turns all chiseled and firm. Dry, firm and vi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Amarone Riserva Sergio Zenato 2007

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    Dark rich and spicy on a nose filled with macerated herbs, mint, licorice,a little VA. In the mouth this is a big wine, bright and juicy on the palate, still fairly closed but you can sense the wild berry fruit with hints of pomegranate, chocolate, and those macerated herbs from the nose. Tannic and powerful on the palate and through the chocol... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Amarone Della Valpolicella DOC Classico 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by AlexWhite


  • Valpolicella Classico Superiore Doc. Viviani 2011

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    Funky valpolicella with jam, oak, and pink peppercorns on entry and a medium finish with smoldering tobacco. Read More

    Wine review by pboss


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