Full Review

Corner 103

Corner 103
2016 Vino Rosso, North Coast

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Italian Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$45

Corner 103
2016 Vino Rosso, North Coast

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Italian Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
Black garnet color. Earthy aromas of ripe forest fruit, marinated strawberry, foraged mushrooms, orange marmalade, and dark chocolate with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long slate, blackberry pie, and toasted pecan finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A downright charming Italian Varietal Blend from the North Coast with divine earthy aromas, lipsmackingly fruity palate and table-tuned tannins; drink this.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: ripe forest fruit, marinated strawberry, foraged mushrooms, orange marmalade, and dark chocolate
Taste Flavor: slate, blackberry pie, and toasted pecan
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A downright charming Italian Varietal Blend from the North Coast with divine earthy aromas, lipsmackingly fruity palate and table-tuned tannins; drink this.

The Producer

Corner 103

The Producer
103 W. Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-931-6141

Their Portfolio

85 Corner 103 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley 14.8% (USA) $25.00.
88 Corner 103 2012 Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.1% (USA) $50.00.
84 Corner 103 2014 Grenache, Russian River Valley 15.1% (USA) $40.00.
95 Corner 103 2016 Grenache Blanc, Alexander Valley 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
85 Corner 103 2015 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
88 Corner 103 2014 Grenache, Russian River Valley 15.1% (USA) $40.00.
91 Corner 103 2014 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
89 Corner 103 2016 Carignane, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
90 Corner 103 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
92 Corner 103 2016 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.6% (USA) $50.00.
88 Corner 103 2016 Viognier, Sonoma Valley 13.1% (USA) $25.00.
92 Corner 103 2014 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
87 Corner 103 2015 Vernaccia, Carneros 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
88 Corner 103 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
93 Corner 103 2015 Malbec, Sonoma Valley 14.1% (USA) $50.00.
94 Corner 103 2016 Syrah, Sonoma Mountain 15.5% (USA) $50.00.
81 Corner 103 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley 14.8% (USA) $30.00.
86 Corner 103 2018 Rosé, Pinot Noir, North Coast 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
87 Corner 103 2017 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $50.00.
87 Corner 103 2017 Zinfandel, Sonoma Mountain 15.8% (USA) $50.00.
91 Corner 103 2016 Vino Rosso, North Coast 13.9% (USA) $45.00.
89 Corner 103 2018 Pinot Noir, Carneros, Sonoma 14.7% (USA) $50.00.
91 Corner 103 2017 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 13.2% (USA) $40.00.
85 Corner 103 2018 Chardonnay, Carneros, Sonoma 13.8% (USA) $40.00.
88 Corner 103 2018 Marsanne Roussane, Sonoma Coast 13.8% (USA) $30.00.
83 Corner 103 2017 Corner Cuvée Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.6% (USA) $50.00.

Italian Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
While many famous wines in Italy, such as Barolo or Brunello di Montalcino, are produced entirely from one grape type, most red wines are blends of several varieties. Most examples of Chianti are blends of several varieties, with Sangiovese as the principal grape as well as Canaiolo, Colorino and/or Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bolgheri is another examples, as this red wine from coastal Tuscany contains Cabernet Sauvignon (sometimes a small amount, often a large amount) as well as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese.

There are also white varietal blends; some of the best of these are from Friuli and contain varying amounts of several grapes such as Friulano, Sauvignon, Ribolla Gialla, Chardonnay and others.

The main purpose of crafting one of these varietal blends is for greater complexity; aging potential is often another reason.