Corte Agnello 2004 Corvina, Veronese IGT

Posted by Keith Wallace

You’ve probably had Corvina, the Veneto’s “little crow,” somewhere along the way, even though you may not have realized it. A light, easy-drinking Bardolino? Corvina and Rondinella. Valpolicella in all its forms- Classico, Superiore, Ripasso, Recioto?

Corvina, front and center. An Amarone? Yep, it’s in there. Like most varietals are better known as silent partners in more high-profile blends, Corvina is seldom found in purezza. Only a handful of producers make a varietal, and their inconsistent track record may account for so few being found in the American market.

Which makes this version even more noteworthy. Full-bodied without being too structured or tightly wound, it shows a suppleness that allows unmistakeable cherry flavors to fill the mouth. Scents of coffee beans, berries, and spice continue onto the palate. There’s an added touch of mocha and tea leaves in this lively, fresh, and thoroughly enjoyable wine.

Tasted during an Italian wine class at the Wine School of Philadelphia

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