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2018 Corvina, Monte Tondo

2018 Corvina, Monte Tondo
ref. TOND180 JUN19

Grape 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 (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  and stretches up to the Austrian border, 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: Gino Magnabosco is the third generation of the family to produce wine from their own vineyards in the hills of Soave. A white wine from the Garganega grape is their main focus, but they also produce some fine red wines from local varieties, such as this Corvina!

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Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Corvina
  Producer
Producer:
Monte Tondo
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
16°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12.5%
  Country
Country:
Italy
  Appellation
Appellation:
IGT Veneto
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2020
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Veneto
  Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Canapés
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
  • Pork
  • Vegetables

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Odd colour: a pale-medium tomato red. Nose, with air, has developed an interesting and distinctly nutty aspect that veneers the domestic, rather summer pudding-y fruits of cherries, dark plum, raspberry and blueberry. It has something of the sweet shop about the aromas. A medium-bodied wine that picks up some firm structure quite quickly in the mouth and then immediately introduces the firm acidity. There’s a swathe of fresh, cool, quite snappy tannin. The domestic fruits are back on the palate, similar to the nose. Yet this comes to a structured and direct point in the mouth. It’s nicely long and busy. This could do with food, but nothing too demonstrative. An active wine and a really rather interesting one.

#3wordtastingnote: medium-bodied, cherries, lively.

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