Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Corvo Insolia 2009

Corvo Insolia 2009
Origin: Sicilia, Italy
Blend: Insolia (100%)
Alcohol Content: 11.5%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: December 2010
Purchase Price: $8.99

Our review: Yellow-green with gold highlights, this wine has aromas of tropical fruit with very slight citrus, almost lemongrass notes. Round and very flavorful on the palate, some citrus tartness with a bit of slate-like minerality is introduced into the finish, which is very brief but otherwise unremarkable.

Our rating: This is a nice wine, though not a terribly refined one. It's light enough to pair with a luncheon or with appetizers, yet has enough depth (at least initially) to hold up to more robust meals. Insolias are not common in the US, and this one is inexpensive enough to consider, if you've never tried it before. We rate it Above Average, but have the sense that it could have been much better.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Intense juicy peach and melon aromas are followed by tangy citrus and fresh apple on the palate."

Winery website: Vini Corvo.

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