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Italian wine and grape guide : Corinto Nero

Corinto Nero

The Corinto Nero grape, as the name suggests, is a Greek native grape, but it is now common in many regions of Europe, Greece (where it is known as Patras Currant or Kourenti) and Turkey in particular. In France the grape is called Marine noir.

The Corinto Nero is a very ancient grape, mentioned by Gallo in 1595, who in turn cites Pliny the Elder, who had referred to Corinto Nero as “Red Marina Grape”. Molon in 1906 refers to the variety using the name of “Passerina nera.” There are also two other varieties, the Corinto bianco and Corinto rosa (white and rose), less used and not related to Corinto Nero, apart from the presumably Greek origin. In the area of Reggio Emilia, Reggiano, the grape is known as “Tarmarina”.

The Corinto Nero berry is black, small or very small, spheroid with very waxy, tender, red-violet skin. The bunch is medium-small, conical, elongated, sometimes with one or two wings, and a medium-small, pentagonal, five-lobed leaf.

The Corinto Nero grape has poor yield, with a mid-early maturing, and it is suited to harsh conditions.

The Corinto Nero grape produces a light ruby red wine with an intense, fruity nose with hints of plum and spicy, with strong hints of black pepper. The palate is fresh, tannic, persistent.

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