January 19, 2011 Comments (0) Views: 1623 GFR Wine of the Week, Good Food Media Article, Wine Ratings

2007 Piona ‘Campo Massimo’ Corvina Veronese

by Malcolm Jolley

2007 Piona 'Campo Massimo' Corvina Veronese

2007 Piona ‘Campo Massimo’ Corvina Veronese IGT, Veneto, Italy $15.95 LCBO# 18154
Corvina is principal grape used in light fruity Valpolicella and its concentrated sisters that are made by drying harvested grapes: Amarone and other Ripasso method wines from the Veneto region of Northeast Italy. Canadians love Amarone and Ripasso wines, the LCBO in particular sells a lot of these often high alcohol and intense wines. But the Corvina grape crushed on its own (hence the designation Veronese IGT) retains a lovely dark red fruitiness as in Piona’s ‘Campo Massimo’: wine gummy black current and black raspberry finishes with the lightest touch of smoke and leather and a zip of black of pepper. This 100% Corvino is complex and remarkably well balanced, which makes it drink more like a wine priced twice its roughly $16 price tag. The Campo Massimo could be paired with anything typically matched with an Italian table red: red sauce or meat pasta, cheese and so on. But the bright acidity intertwined with minerality and spice calls for sometihng meaty and deep like a grilled steak with anchovy butter. Or old cheddar grilled cheese sandwich with a can of tomato soup.

NB: The 2007 Piona Campo Massimo came into the LCBO system in late November, but there’s still a fair amount left across Ontario as of this posting. Click here to find a store stocking near you.

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