When Corvina meets Syrah

Corvina and Rondinella form the basis of every Amarone della Valpolicella, one of Italy’s signature wines. Rarely do wineries blends these grape varieties with international grapes like Syrah or other Italian grapes like Teroldego which is primarily grown in Trentino-Alto Adige. One of producers who broke with this convention is Tabucchi d’Illasi with their 2007 Dandarin Veneto IGT.

Regular readers of Vino in Love might already know that I enjoy the wines from Tabucchi d’Illasi a lot and over the years I have reviewed some of their wines already. One of my Tabucchi go-to wines is the 2005 Tabucchi Dandarin. However, the vintage is pretty much sold out and not too long ago Tabucchi released its new 2007 Dandarin.

The vineyards of Tabucchi are found surrounding the scenic hills of Illasi, a village in the Valpolicella.

Tasting Notes 2007 Trabucchi Dandarin Verona IGT

Dandarin is a blend of 70% Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella as well as 30% Syrah and Teroldego grapes. After harvest, the grape undergo the traditional appassimento process which is best known from wines like Amarone della Valpolicella and Recioto della Valpolicella. Once the grapes have lost about 15% of their weight due to the appassimento they get fermented in stainless steel vats for about 15-20 days. Aging takes place in parts in barriques and in parts in large oak barrels for about one year.

2007 Trabucchi d'Illasi - Dandarin - Veneto IGTThe bottle was opened about 90 minutes prior to drinking the wine. 13.5% was the label indicated alcohol by volume.

In the glass, the wine has a deep ruby red color. Harmonious nose with aromas of black pepper, rhubarb, cinnamon and hints of blackcurrant at the beginning. After the wine breathed some more aromas of plums and raspberry became more present. Dandarin is dry, elegant and has a medium-full body. The tannins are pleasing and the wine is well-strucutured. Quite well-balanced with notes of red cherries and dark chocolate. The finish is of medium intensity and s slightly more persistent aftertaste would have been nice.

3.5 / 5 stars      

Parting Words

The 2007 Dandarin is a good wine but it I enjoy it less than the 2005 vintage. Maybe my expectations were too high? I will get back to this wine in a couple of months or so to see if I will like it better then. Would love to hear how you like the 2007 Tabucchi Dandarin if you have tasted it.

That’s all for today. Cheers!


6 comments on “When Corvina meets Syrah”

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      I figured.. I’m not sure but maybe Trabucchi will bring the Dandarin to one of the North American trade fairs they participate in. Or if you make it to Munich someday we could share a bottle of 2005 Dandarin. Cheers!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      You are very welcome, Michelle, and thank you for stoping by! Dandarin is an interesting wine – especially for Valpolicella lovers. I hope you get an opportunity to taste it but according to Anatoli it is unfortunately not available in the US…

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