2018 Bardolino Chiaretto, Monte del Frà, Veneto, Italy

2018 Bardolino Chiaretto, Monte del Frà, Veneto, Italy

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2018 Bardolino Chiaretto, Monte del Frà, Veneto, Italy

Description

This Corvina-based blend comes from vineyards located in Sommacampagna, southeast of Lake Garda. Vivid yet delicate cherry-blossom pink in colour, it has a clean nose of red berry fruit, wild flowers and green apples, along with some subtle spicy notes. On the palate, the juicy sensation of fresh berries is fully revealed. The uplifting, youthful acidity makes it the perfect aperitivo and can be drunk on its own or accompanied by summery Italian classics: prosciutto and melon, caprese salad or bruschette. Drink now to 2021.
Matt Smith, Buyer (July 2019)
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Monte del Fra

Monte del Fra

Monte del Frà translates as ;Hill of Monks; and is located in the heart of the Bianco di Custoza DOC. It now consists of over 65 hectares of vineyards is owned and run by brothers Eligio and Claudio Bonomo. It is one of the most progressive and dynamic producers in the region and has been particularly innovative in its adoption of modern viticultural techniques.

Eligio Bonomo was the first producer in the region to retrain the traditionally 1.6m high cordon vines to lower-trained, single guyot systems. In the winery the Bonomos use thoroughly modern, clean and temperature-controlled fermentation and storage facilities in order to preserve the aromatic freshness in their wines. They produce very good-quality wines which are clean, display excellent purity of fruit and are elegant and well balanced.

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Bardolino

Bardolino

Formerly known as Bardolino Classico, this Venetian DOC wine zone has been expanded to occupy all the land between the south-eastern shore of Lake Garda and the River Adige and is now known simply as Bardolino. It produces fresh, light-bodied reds made from Corvina and Rondinella

As with its neighbour Valpolicella, it is the proportion of the former that tends to dictate the quality. Soils here are alluvial, vigorous and often irrigated, all of which contributes to the light, fruity style of the wines.

Recommended producers: Monte del Frà.

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Corvina, Corvinone blend

Corvina, Corvinone blend

Corvina is widely grown on the Veneto shore of Lake Garda and the hills of Valpolicella to the north and north-east of Verona. Sometimes known as Corvina Veronese, it is blended with Rondinella and Molinara to produce Valpolicella and Bardolino. It can be a tricky grape to cultivate, as it ripens late and is prone to rot if affected by rains at harvest time. It is a high-yielding grape and quality is very dependent on keeping yields low.

Corvina-based red wines can range in style from a light, cherryish red to the rich, port-like Recioto and Amarone Valpolicellas. Most Valpolicella from the plains is pale and insipid, and bears little comparison with Valpolicella Classico from the hills. Some producers such as Allegrini are now producing very high quality 100% Corvina wines.

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