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2016 Valpolicella Classico, Lena di Mezzo, Monte del Frà, Veneto

2016 Valpolicella Classico, Lena di Mezzo, Monte del Frà, Veneto

Red | Drink now | Monte del Fra | Code:  44208 | 2016 | Italy > Veneto > Bianco di Custoza | Other Varieties | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 12.5 % alcohol


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Scores and Reviews

JANCIS - Powdered sour cherries, cough mixture, ground cloves. A nose that reminds me of digestifs and Italian cocktails, a delicious apothecary nose. Gorgeous Italian tang, so packed with Morello cherry and fennel and lovage and caraway that my spine tingles. So bracingly fresh that I could almost convince myself that this is the wine to start the day with. Who wants to fill their bloodstream with unhealthy caffeine anyway?
Tamlyn Currin, 19th May 2017.

The Producer

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.

The Grape

Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

The Region

Bianco di Custoza

Bianco di Custoza, a Venetian wine DOC, is the white wine sibling of neighbouring Bardolino. It occupies 1,500ha of vines beyond the south-east corner of Lake Garda on fairly vigorous, often irrigated, alluvial stony soils. 

The wines are made from a blend of Garganega, Trebbiano Toscana and Friulano with a minimum dry extract of 16.5 grams/litre (20g/l for those labelled ‘Superiore’). The wines should be light-bodied with fresh, stony, citrus fruit.

Recommended producers: Monte del Frà

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