2012 Corvezzo Olmè Rosso Veneto Riserva IGT, Italy
This red wine from Corvezzo’s Tenute Olmè is made from dried Raboso grapes, Cabernet, and Merlot.
It was vinified in open tonneaux (large oak barrels) by traditional foot stomping. After fermentation, it was aged for 36 months in oak wine barrels before blending.
This Veneto red comes in a pretty intense red color, dark red and nearly black to the core, a vibrant red to the rim with hints of an orange hue.
The front label on the bottle of this wine is an outstanding feature. It is made entirely of fabric, finely weaved using many colors including a shiny sparkling finish on the tree pictured in the center (see close up label images further down below). This very rare packaging makes the bottle particularly classy and feeling special.
The nose is lifted and quite intense, filled with bright spicy aromas of tart cherry and white pepper. There feature deep fruity notes as well, cooked apple, ripe blackberry, some blueberry. Always plenty of lifted spices, some nutmeg, and a definite pepperiness. Hints of red capsicum; a delicate sense of a vegetal character going on.
In short, a lot to be perceived on the nose, and a lot to get curious, if not excited, about…
Put the wine in your mouth, and the wine feels suddenly much deeper and serious, weighty and composed that the nose suggested.
The fruit flavors dominate the palate, and they are ripe and round ones at that: strawberry jam, cherry liqueur, fresh dark blueberry. They are all pleasant and very appetizing.
All those go so beautifully with a dry feel on a round and oily texture with smooth tannins. The whole feels warming, comforting and generous, spiced up by sweet spices like clove and cinnamon, and well as this constant positive pepperiness that keeps your palate awake.
Vanilla and caramel complete the prune and quince liqueur notes to the finish, for a generous and satisfying whole.
A multifaceted red Veneto wine. Frivolous, playful and zesty to the nose, it transforms into a round, smooth and comforting wine on the palate, delivering many layers of flavors and plenty to discover and enjoy at every sip.
Dry and powerfully-scented, this red is enjoyable to drink on its own for the educated palate in search of new and positively unusual sensations. But it will certainly go wonders on cheerful dishes like meat stews, richly sauced pasta dishes, or both, or else.
A fine pasta al ragù comes to mind as the perfect pairing.
Learn about the grape this wine’s made from at Raboso Wine Grape Variety Profile:
Read more about the producing winery at Azienda Agricola Corvezzo profile:
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