2011 Corte Gardoni “Becco Rosso” Corvina Veronese, Italy.
This easy and inviting red from the Veneto is a light and lively Corvina (grape) wine that is a fun new find for me. While Corvina is well know in Amarone and Valpolicella reds it is rare as a varietal wine, but it is one of my favorite grapes and this 2011 Corte Gardoni is a very nice expression, even if it is much more delicate in flavor to what I’m used to, especially the powerful Allegrini versions I have loved so much over the years. The Corte Gardoni Becco Rosso shows minty herbs and anise on the nose with some pretty floral and earthy notes with dried currants and morello cherry leading to a zesty palate of wild strawberry and plum while a hint of mineral and red peach come through on the mid palate with some truffle and loads of acidity. This crisp red would be best with food or served slightly chilled on a summer day, drink now through the next year for best results. This is a fun and simple wine that would be considered a pleasant bistro red, but I certainly plan to pick more than a few up this spring as it is too delightful to pass up.
($18 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive
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