Manara "Corte Manara" 2013

Blend of Corvina / Rondinella / Others indigenous
A still red wine from the Veneto region of Italy.

Elegant and complex. Cherries, plums, dried roses, leather, dark chocolate.

Tasting Notes

The 2013 Corte Manara has a very attractive bouquet that shows fruity notes of cherry and plum, dehydrated fruits like raisins, dried rose but also a tertiary character with leather and dark chocolate.

A very elegant wine on the nose and on the mouth.

The finish is long.

Score 88

My score / points

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Estate making Corte Manara Estate Manara
Corte Manara (2013) Label Corte Manara
Style of Corte Manara Style Red & Still
Country of Manara Country Italy
Region of Manara Region Veneto
Grape blend of Corte Manara Grapes Corvina, Rondinella, Others indigenous
Vintage of Corte Manara Vintage 2013
My review of Corte Manara Points

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Grape variety from the Veneto region of Italy

Corvina is a grape variety native to Italy that is also known as Corvina Veronese or Cruina. Except for 19 hectares planted in Argentina, the total global wine-growing area in 2010 was 7,495 hectares, all of which is grown in the Veneto region of northeast Italy. The light red regional wines Bardolino and Valpolicella, which have a mild fruity taste with hints of almond, are made with Corvina and many other grapes. Corvinone, Rondinella, and Molinara are among the blends, with Rossignola added for the last wine. It is also used to make Amarone and Recioto wines.

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Rondinella is a type of Italian wine grape. The Veneto region of northern Italy accounts for nearly all of the total global growing area of 2,481 hectares, and the grapes are used in wines from the Valpolicella and Bardolino wine regions. Rondinella, along with Corvinone and Molinara, is always a secondary constituent in these wines blended with Corvina. The grape has very neutral flavors, but farmers like it because of its high yields. The vine is disease resistant and produces grapes that, while not generally high in sugar, dry out well enough to be used in the production of Valpolicella straw wines like Recioto and Amarone.

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Barrel wood types

Barrels for wine making are almost only made of oak. Occasionally other types of wood are used, such as acacia and cherry.

One mature oak tree, after growing for decades, will result in only two barrels. So barrels are a rare, expensive tool!

Barrels can be French or American oak. Sometimes they are made of Slavonian oak.

America vs France

With “American” oak, what we really mean is oak from the States, Missuri generally. Because of the differences in climate, French oak is more “dense” than its American sibling. This seems to have an impact in the wine. With denser wood less oxygen passes onto the wine. So, broadly speaking, American oak barrels will pass more “flavours” and oxidise the wine more. That is why, American oak seems to be better suited for fermenting bolder grapes, which can better “take” a stronger interaction of the wood and oxygen influence.

American oak is not only used in the New World. IN the same way, French oak is not only used in Europe. For example, American oak is famously used in the production of Rioja wine in Spain.

As for Slavonian oak, it seems to add a different flavour spectrum to the wine, with notes of clove and nutmeg as well as more “richness” to the texture of the final wine.

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