One of these appeared at our local FedEx office on Thursday...
Like some of you, I initially had to head to The Google to learn what the heck Corvina is. Everything pointed to a light-to-medium bodied wine with concentrated flavor.
That instantly reminded me of the Meeker Forklift Grenache offered on here a couple years ago in that it's a varietal typically blended, not allowed to shine on its own. Also similar in terms of dryness and mellowing out considerably when allowed to breathe for 30 minutes.
Pop 'n Pour:
- Wine temperature was 65-68 deg F
- Poured into a Burgundy glass
Tasting with some foods:
- Medium body
- Not dark but not super bright, sort of plum-colored. Or, for a better reference, colored quite similar to the Wine Woot banner up above, actually!
- A little smoke, oak, and spice on the initial whiff
- Gave it a good swirl and picked up some cherry, maybe a bit of cranberry as well
- First sip - not overly tannic, very dry, picking up some licorice. Going down, a hint of watermelon on the tongue and a little bit of a chalky feeling as well. This screams food wine!
*Nacho dip? Yeah, well, it's right before the holidays and we're cleaning out the fridge. So the pairings were truly a hodgepodge of what was on hand. Take what you get, folks.
- Marinara sauce (Kroger brand, somewhat sweet) - the wine cuts through the acidity nicely, but I'm still getting that chalky thing on my tongue.
- Homemade pizza with caramelized onion, roasted yellow pepper, and sun-dried tomato - now I'm tasting some anise, the wine was better with the marinara.
- Beef, bean, cheese dip* with tortilla chips - a surprisingly tasty pairing, I'd say this confirms the wine shines most with meaty, heavy foods.
- Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds - the wine cuts through the smoky flavor and there's a very smooth finish, no chalkiness at all.
- Some of that initial bite or edginess is gone, otherwise much the same
- It's opened up more, not so harsh now
- Tasting more berry, still a hint of licorice or anise
- More berry
- I was liking it best at this point
- SWMBO preferred it at the 30-60 minute mark
*It appears that Chip and I think differently about this!
- Continues to mellow out
- Still no doubt in my mind that this is definitely a food wine*
We thought this would have really solid QPR in the $13-$15/bottle range. Looks like it's selling around $20/bottle. But don't let that instantly dissuade you...
I think part of that feeling is swayed by the fact that this wine isn't necessarily our style. Not that we have a style per se, but I think we prefer slightly brighter offerings on the whole - Noceto Sangiovese, Old Vine Zins, Wellington Victory and Zins, Scott Harvey's Barberas, etc.
So, if all the notes above sound like something you'll enjoy, by all means click the big yellow button!
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