Molinara

Common synonyms: Breppion Scavolegno, Breppion Scuro, Breppon, Molinara Ciara, Molinara Rada, Pola, Rossanella, Rossanella Gentile, Rossara, Rossara della Forcella, Rossiccio Chiaro, Scavolegno, Sola, Uva Salata, Vespone

Parentage of the grape: None found.

History of the grape: Traditionally used to add acidity to the Valpolicella blend, it is being phased out due to its propensity for rapid oxidation.

Characteristics of the grape: Pale in color, high in acidity, light in body. Can be tannic.

Regions where the grape currently is important: The Veneto.

Type or types of wines the grape produces: This variety is a traditional blending partner in Amarone, Valpolicella, and Bardolino. Its already minor role in these wines is shrinking further, however, as quality-minded producers replace it with Corvina and Rondinella.

Valpolicella can be anything from a relatively light and fresh wine to a rich one made in the ripasso style.

Amarone is fermented dry from grapes that are dried on straw Read more »

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  • It’s the heart of winter here in the northern hemisphere, a time when our ... if there remains a role for Molinara.  Traditionally Amarone has been a blend of Corvina and/or its larger berried clone Corvinone. Additional varieties such as Rondinella, Molinara, and occasionally obscure varieties such as Oseleta are added, either because of tradi... Read More

    From the article Understanding Amarone


  • Tedeschi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Capitel Monte Olmi 2007

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    Produced seven times since 83, three thousand bottles, Dark, leafy edged black cherry fruit, and grilled meats dominate the nose which turns lightly spicy with cedary wood, handfuls of dried leaves and earth, black tea, and a little pencil lead with air. A bit low on the palate, this is soft and seamless with roasted and pruny fruit that none t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Le Ragose Corvina Blend Amarone Della Valpolicella 2006

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    The gorgeous nose, shows off brilliant aromas of sweet herbs, complex middle eastern spice, dried herb stem, and rose stems. Elegant and wide open in the mouth, there are lovely red fruit flavors here, redolent of raspberry juice, then tobacco, bitter wild cherries, and a little cinnamon add engaging complexity. Fine ripe tannins keep this livel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Masi Amarone Mazzano 2006

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    Wine review by mark


  • Masi Amarone Mazzano 2006

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    Smokey and soil driven on the nose, though this remains a bit reticent in the glass. On the palate this wraps itself around your tongue and pulls. A touch tough, rich, chewy and powerfully built it leads off with deep flavors of dried fruits and flowers before changing gears on the midpalate where it turns all chiseled and firm. Dry, firm and vi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Le Ragose Corvina Blend Amarone Della Valpolicella 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Tedeschi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Capitel Monte Olmi 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Valpolicella Classico Superiore Doc. Viviani 2011

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    Funky valpolicella with jam, oak, and pink peppercorns on entry and a medium finish with smoldering tobacco. Read More

    Wine review by pboss


  • Cent'Anni Amarone Della Valpolicella 2009

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    licorice, chocolate, black cherries on the nose....rich and smooth with a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Masi Amarone Classico Riserva Costasera 2008

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    Fantastic wine. Has a hint of smokiness to it. Very smooth, good balance. Perfect with lamb chops Read More

    Wine review by pbuff


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