Jèma Corvina



100% Corvina


Veneto, Italy


Jèma Corvina

Derived from the Italian word gemma, which has a dual meaning of “vine bud” and “precious gem,” Jèma is a pure expression of Corvina – the region’s signature varietal. Produced from a 3-hectare single vineyard located in the heart of Valpolicella Classico, Cesari’s “gem” is full, supple, and well-balanced with rounded tannins. Cherries pervade the nose backed by toasted mocha notes lent from 18 months of aging in French oak barrels. The grapes were dried in crates for 20 days prior to vinification.  This wine is produced in limited quantities in only the finest vintages. 



Wine Spectator - 92 pts

A pure beam of black cherry fruit, both ripe and sun-dried, is an enticing entry point for this stylish red. Medium-bodied and harmonious, with an underpinning of fresh loamy earth and pretty accents of dried flowers, red licorice and medicinal herbs lingering on the lightly chewy finish.

A. Napjus, July 2023


James Suckling - 90 pts

A fresh and easy wine with crushed-raspberry and lemon character that follows through to a medium body, bright acidity and a clen finish. Drink now.

J. Suckling, June 2019

Wine Advocate - 91 pts

The wine is simple and easily layered with dark fruit, spice and sweet mesquite. There are some nutty aromas as well with roasted chestnut and almond. With 36,000 bottles made, this mid-weight wine could pair with a spicy sausage and broccoli pizza.

M. Larner, Dec. 2021

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

A pure, pretty note of ripe cherry is accented by thyme, dried fig, bacon fat and graphite flavors in this bright, medium- to full-bodied red. Elegant, with light, fine tannins firming the finish.

A. Napjus, Oct. 2020


James Suckling - 91 pts

This shows some nice tertiary development on the nose with spice box, tobacco, licorice and indian spices. Medium to full body, some tingly wound tannins and a fine finish. A subtle and savory wine.

J. Suckling, Nov. 2018

Wine Advocate - 93 pts

Now with some perspective, you can appreciate the historic importance of this wine. This bottling from Cesari gave us one of our first tastes of the Corvina grape in a single-variety wine, and many other producers have followed in these footsteps since. The 2013 Corvina Jèma sees a very light appassimento of just 20 days, nonetheless resulting in a bold and full-bodied red wine with thick layers of black fruit and spice at its core. The wine is aged in French barrique for 18 months and is then transferred into large oak cask for a little relaxation time lasting six months. This latter phase works toward the seamless integration you taste here, with soft tannins, dark fruit, some sweetness and a much-needed spot of acidity. Production is 42,000 bottles strong. You get a lot of Valpolicella intensity here for a reasonable price.

R. Parker, Sept. 2019


James Suckling - 90 pts

A ripe red shows plums, strawberries and blackberries. Hints of vanilla, too. Full body, round tannins and an easy finish.

J. Suckling, June 2018

Ultimate Wine Challenge - 90 pts

There is a deeply pleasing nose with saddle leather, tobacco, and scorched red fruit. The palate gives way to rich flavors of stewed black cherries, baked plums, and subtle hints of almond on the finish. A perfect example of how Corvina can stand alone.


Wine Advocate - 92 pts

The 2011 Corvina Jèma is a terrific wine that offers opulent fruit flavors that are amply supported by the wine’s thick inner concentration. It shows bold lines and an exuberant character for sure, but ultimately the wine delivers a careful sense of studied balance and harmony that underlines its pedigree. It is made according to the highest criteria using the workhorse Corvina grape that is one of the principal blending partners in traditional Amarone. It is aged in both French barrique and Slavonian botte grande. In recent years, we’ve started to see very interesting mono-variety expressions, as found here. Some 32,000 bottles were produced.

M. Larner, May 2017

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

Well-knit and elegant, this creamy red layers fine-grained tannins with flavors of black cherry puree, exotic spice, mineral and Earl Grey tea. Fresh and supple, featuring a lingering, aromatic finish.

A. Napjus, October 2016


Wine Advocate - 91 pts

Expressive and bold. The bouquet is comprised of thick layers of fresh and dried fruit that contrast each other nicely. In the mouth, the wine is rich, penetrating and well concentrated. I could imagine a pairing with risotto colored black with squid ink.

M. Larner, December 31, 2015

Wine Enthusiast - 89 pts

This opens with earthy aromas of tilled earth, leather and a whiff of game. The soft, savory palate offers spicy plum, crushed blackberry, clove and mocha alongside soft tannins. Drink through 2016.

K. O'Keefe, February 2015

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

Up-front leather and forest floor notes underscore the flavors of black cherry coulis, mocha, singed orange peel and dried fig in this rich, medium – to- full- bodied red, with a lingering, well-spiced finish. Drink now through 2025. 2,250 cases made.

A. Napjus, March 2016


Chicago Tribune - Veneto Red to Try

“Veneto Red Boast a Storied Past”

Find out what pure (100 percent) corvina tastes like in this earthy, softly tannic, deeply flavored red.

September 19, 2014

Wine Spectator - 90

Polished tannins and layers of ripe black cherry and boysenberry grace this elegant red, while juicy acidity pushes through to the mocha- and licorice drop-laced finish. Drink now through 2019. 1,165 cases made.

A. Napjus, February 2014

Wine Spectator - 90 pts

The 2009 Corvina Jema sees a 20-day appassimento process, 20 days of maceration and 18 months of oak. The Covina grape is known for its thick skin, lighter color and high acidity. Jema has darker extraction than many expressions of this grape and its aromas include pressed blackberry, cassis and plum. In fact, the fruit profile of the wine is delicious. Bright freshness keeps the palate clean. Drink 2014-2020.

M. Larner, October 2013


Wine Spectator - 89 pts

Stylish and fresh, offering polished oak to the flavors of black currant, crème de cassis, graphite and spice. Well-integrated, with fine-grained tannins and a lingering note of vanilla bean on the finish. Drink now through 2017.

A. Napjus, August 2012


Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts

Jèma (a 100% expression of Corvina, one of the main grapes used in Amarone) is a new wine from the folks of Cesari that offers oak-driven notes of spice and sweet tobacco backed by blackberry, cassis and plum. In the mouth, the wine shows an elegant, almost delicate side.

M. Larner, May 2011
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