Friday, July 5, 2013
Return to Corvo
In 1824, Corvo became the first Sicilian wine to be bottled, labeled, and commercialized. The creator, Giuseppe Alliata, made both a red Corvo and a white one. Corvo survived the Risorgimento, the phylloxera epidemic, two world wars, and the Great Depression and subsequent ones to finally reach the shores of the USA in 1972. It became a very successful US wine brand. It was low cost and simple. Today Corvo is less popular than it once was, but I don’t see why. Recently I tried a 2012 Corvo white, an Insolia varietal wine, and a 2010 Corvo red, a Nero D’Avola. Both wines cost slightly less to slightly more than ten dollars depending on where you buy. The white Corvo showed a classic banana-pear cold fermented bouquet and was light, tart, and slightly effervescent on the palate. The red Corvo had a vivid cherry and tar bouquet and was pleasantly sour and bitter in the mouth. Both wines are light and refreshing enough to tempt refills.