Renato Corino Barolo Arborina 2007
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Intense garnet red. On the nose, it is fresh, clean, ripe fruit, spicy, toasty. Flavors are intense, warm, full-bodied, soft, fresh and tannic, with medium persistence.
James Suckling - "Soft and velvety red, with plums, cedar and vanilla character. Full and round textured with a long finish. Lots going on. Give this some bottle age to come together better."
The Wine Advocate - "Proprietor Renato Corino has crafted one of the most accessible wines of the vintage in his 2007 Barolo Arborina. Rich and seamless, the Arborina offers up gorgeous varietal fruit with tons of persistence and a long, harmonious finish. In 2007 the slightly hard tannins of this site are beautifully balanced by the sheer depth of the fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027."
International Wine Cellar - "Good full medium red. Very ripe aromas of dried fruits, menthol and nuts. Fat, sweet and deep, with chewy, ripe red fruit flavors and solid underlying structure. Finishes with smooth, building tannins. Riper than the 2008 version but I'd still like to have seen more lift and verve."
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Renato Corino Winery
As of January 2006, The Corino family estate was divided into two separate properties: Giuliano retained the original homestead and cellars while Renato moved into the Arborina area, approximately 1 km from the original winery. Renato now exclusively produces the Barbera Vigna Pozzo and Barolo Vigneto Rocche, while his base Barolo is almost entirely fruit from the Roncaglie vineyard. Barolo Arborina, the regular Barolo, Barolo Vecchie Vigne, Dolcetto and Barbera are made by both Corino estates. His talent as a winemaker continues to be recognized by the international press, with Arborina 2004 receiving 94 points from Spectator and Rocche 2004 94 points from Parker. View all Renato Corino Wines
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.