2007 'Corte Crosara' Valpolicella DOC
Corvina Veronese • Valpolicella DOC
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Mission Codename: North by Northeast
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Secure an exclusive Valpolicella D.O.C. for our operatives
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Fratelli Giuliari
Wine Subject: 2007 ‘Corte Crosara’ Valpolicella D.O.C.
Winemaker: Giuseppe Bassanelli
Valpolicella is a blend of mostly Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. Made in Italy’s northeast Veneto region and specifically in the Valpolicella DOC (near Verona), these wines come in both mass produced and boutique production. While, Valpolicella often stands behind its bigger brother Amarone in terms of prestige, Valpolicella is the among Italy’s most exported red wines.
Today’s selection is 70% Corvina Veronese, 20% Rondinella, 10% Molinara and is unfiltered and unfined with a 100% malolactic fermentation.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – A gorgeous deep and dark ruby red with crimson and ruby reflections through its clear core. Along the edges the color lightens slightly to a deep ruby-garnet and when swirled, fat legs descend to the wine below.
Smell – Medium in intensity but aromatic in character with ripe, sweet and fragrant red and black cherry leading the way. Sweet oak, dark spice and subtle hint of almond is followed by a touch of black licorice.
Feel – This medium bodied wine, with a notably lower alcohol content (12.5%) is dry with the bulk of its structure coming from its vivid acidity, medium firm textured tannins and a good dose of minerality that spreads over the palate and lingers cleanly into the finish.
Taste – Lively and vibrant red and black cherry, both sweet and tart, layered over a subtle forest earthiness and mild spice. Notes of nutty almond, dark chocolate, floral flavors and black licorice make appearances in sequence as you explore this wine.
Finish – Medium in length, and clean and bright with lingering cherry flavors supported by this wine’s lively flavors and mineral texture and a touch of spice.
Conclusion – The 2007 Fratelli Giuliari ‘Corte Crosara’ Valpolicella D.O.C. is a delicious wine with vibrant, fresh and focused fruit flavors and fantastic acidity on the structure. A great wine to pair with food or to start a meal or to enjoy at lunch.
The wines of the Tre Venezi and specifically, the Veneto in Italy’s Northeast corner have always held a special place in my heart. From the Amarone that have captured my heart, the white Soave and sparkling Proseco (and of course the Bellini cocktail it makes) to the fun and light hearted Valpolicella like today’s selection. The region has much history and influences not to mention fantastic towns such as Venezia and Verona, home of Marco Polo and Romeo & Juliet. History dates back to 1000BC and has always been a port and center of commerce. As such, food and drink have been a part of the culture for millennium.
We hope you enjoy today’s selection and while you do, while this is a recent vintage, you can’t help but think that you’re enjoying a small piece of wine history…
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The location of the Fratelli Giuliari near Verona, Italy can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the winery says
About This Wine:
Valpolicella: this wine, suited for moderate aging, is an excellent companion for grilled red meats and game. Serve at 18C in wide glasses in order to fully enjoy its color, bouquet and full-bodied flavour.
About The Winery:
In the evocative district deputy head to the village Right altomedievale of Santa Giustina, to the doors of the country of Illasi, rises the cellar of the Fratello Giuliari.
In a charming main court of the eighteenth century, Titian and Carlo Giuliari with the sons Juri and Andrea, every day dedicate themselves with passion to an activity that more hundred-year-old accompanied them you of this branch of the family Giuliari. Luigi Giuliari, grandfather of Titian and Carlo, to the dawn of the twentieth century, already took care of jealously the wine from him produced. And ‘to quest’ chronological height in fact that the historical farmstead, that had been of property of the count Paolo Trezza, goes in property to the family Giuliari. Titian, that often fascinates in the to trace the genealogies, true or assumed of its family, loves to collect the depositions dell’ origin of the actual surname.
Giuliari is the surname of an ancient of Verona family that, in documents of the fourteenth century, appears in the Olive shapes, Oleariis, Uliaris and then Iuliarius. To the base it was yourselves the Latin limit of diversion Olive, name of occupation of someone that sold oil become then surname of the descendants.
That the family Giuliari is really ancient and possibly a considerable tradition to Verona is testified from the summonses that the Cartolari, an important scholar of the genealogies scaligere, does some Giuliari in its scholarly work of 1854 naming Bartolomeo Giuliari (1761-1842) l’ last “Provveditor of Comun” dell’ Venetian administration and Giovan Baptist Carlo Giuliari (1810-1892) considerable scholarly figure of monk and sculptor.
On via XX September, in the Verona center, it is raised then Palace Giuliari, today university seat, a time possession of the family and seat of a’ important scholarly collection of texts. Of everything these historical details make proud the Giuliari that did some respect for the one ancestors of the strong elements of their tradition.
The cellar of the Fratelli Giuliari is known also with the name of ‘Small Barrel’. This name translation was chosen the proverb “in the old barrel is the good wine” replacing old with small to underline another side of their story namely that of to be a cellar of modest dimensions but in a position of to produce the “good wine”. And’ the quality in fact l’ other fixed nail in the objective of Titian, Carlo, Juri and Andrea. From the Fifties and Sixty, when still all it is done to hand and while Carlo immersed the empty bottles returned to them in warm water to make to detach the labels (were the times of the postwar period and re-uses and not to throw away anything) and Titian went to sell with a funny red van, the Giuliari always had like first dream that to produce recognizable wine for the quality more Quantity.
Region: Valpolicella D.O.C.
Varietals: 70% Corvina Veronese, 20% Rondinella, 10% Molinara
Residual Sugar: 0.40
Winemaking: Unfiltered, Unfined