Wine Variety: Corvina Veronese (to give it its full name) is the staple grape of Veneto reds Valpolicella and Bardolino, where it is blended with the inferior Rondinella (one of its offspring) and Molinara. Corvina is perhaps named for its colour (being that of the feathers of a crow, i.e. corvo), or from the word cruina, meaning unripe (relating to the late-ripening characteristic of the variety). This variety is part of the Refosco group; indeed, Corvina is a child of Refosco dal Pedunculo Rosso, ergo related to Marzemino, Teroldego and Lagrein.
Wine Region: The Veneto lies around the city of Venice; it stretches up to the Austrian border and west to Lake Garda. Some pretty dodgy soils have been permitted DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) status: low-lying arable fields used for cereal production before the war. Thus there is a great deal of average wine produced here that qualifies for rather grander status than it deserves. However, the wines of Valpolicella and Soave - where the vineyards are planted on the right slopes - can offer real interest.
Wine Producer: This is one of Verona’s historic houses, founded by Giacomo Montresor in 1892, with a reputation built on high quality, affordable Valpolicella and Amarone. In recent years the range has grown steadily with vineyards being developed in Friuli and northern Veneto, around Conegliano. The winery was family-owned until 2018 when Montresor was acquired by Cevico, a co-operative group based in Emilia Romagna, with 2 highly regarded Veneto co-ops as co-investors. Since then a major investment programme has transformed the company – with modern production facilities and a new winemaking team rejuvenating quality across the board, while access to high quality grapes from the Veneto co-owners has enabled some excellent new wines to be developed.
A great deal of this wine’s character shouts “cherry”, from its red cherry/tomato, pale hue to its fruit character. Nose has a bit of warm cinnamon spice but majors on red cherry fruit, fresh and quite crisp. The palate is a breath of cherry air, running lightly over the palate before picking up piquant, really fresh structure. There’s a little powdery tannin appearing at the back end and cooling, juicy acidity running right through it: a real citrus pick-me-up. Very nice wine. It’s not a complex thing, but quite chillable and would make a deliciously uncomplicated session red.
#3wordtastingnote: cherry, fresh, juicy
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