Giovanni Corino Barolo 2007
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
This wine is intense and opulent, vibrant with fruit and the vanilla-cedar aromas that oak confers. It displays all the trademarks of this splendid vineyard area: fragrance and length, soft supple tannins and a full-bodied generosity dressed in flawless austerity. A profound experience.
Wine Spectator - "A beauty, this seduces from the get-go with its sweet cherry, berry, spice and tobacco aromas and flavors. Polished, dense and supple, yet with no shortage of grip. The finish is superb, with elements of sweet fruit and spice. Best from 2014 through 2030. 540 cases made."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Barolo is a fabulous entry-level wine laced with dark red fruit, smoke and anise, all of which come together nicely in the glass. It possesses outstanding concentration and depth in an utterly engaging, up-front style. The round, textured finish makes it hard to resist a second taste. This is one of the finest wines of the vintage in its category. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. "
International Wine Cellar - "Good full, deep red. Musky aromas of game, underbrush, chocolate and leather, with a slight raisiny hint. Sweet, fleshy and easygoing; round, chocolatey and approachable right now. Finishes with substantial soft, fine-grained tannins. Perfectly balanced to give early pleasure."
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Giovanni Corino Winery
2006 marked a new era for the Corino family: Renato and Giuliano split the estate. While Giuliano kept the Giovanni Corino label, Renato started his own new label, and they divided the vineyards amicably and equally. The Giovanni Corino estate remains directly next to the classic Giachini vineyard, from where their flagship wine comes (and nearly all of the fruit for the old-vine "Vecchie Vigne" cuvee). Giuliano also maintained some of the holdings in the famed Arborina Cru and is our only producer that was spared the devastation brought on by violent hail storms in 2006. The "Vecchie Vigne" Barolo comes from vines averaging 30-50 years old and is released one year later than the other wines. His Dolcetto & Barbera are equally terrific – classic, easy-drinking, very fairly-priced versions of these staple Piedmont wines.
Integrated insect and disease control is employed. Sulfur- and copper-based products prevalent. Only manure is used as fertilizer. Spontaneous cover crops (grass cover) are left between the rows of vines. There is minimum use of SO2 in wines in order to prevent oxidation. View all Giovanni Corino Wines
About PiedmontView a map of Piedmont wineries (PEED-mont)
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.