October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
In this Italian rosé composed of mainly Corvina and Rondinella with a bevy of other grapes, you’ll discover aromas of rose petals, peach, and juicy melon. Chiaretto is the perfect pairing for the classic prosciutto e melone. –Bryant Vallejo
|Blend:||50% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, 20% Other|
|Vineyard:||5 - 40 years, 40 ha|
|Aging:||Several months of aging in stainless steel before bottling|
Gianni Piccoli grew up surrounded by orchards, but he had wine in his blood so when an estate with extensive vineyards came up for sale in 1971 he jumped at the opportunity. For years the grapes of Corte Gardoni were sold to cooperatives, but Gianni felt that their wines lacked soul. In 1980 he broke those ties and began crafting his own wine, focusing on the character of the grapes and terroir. Today Gianni is a highly respected figure in the region as well as a leader in the fight against homogenization of local wines. Gianni still keeps a close eye on production, but has turned over the daily work to his sons: Mattia, the winemaker; Stefano, the vineyard manager; and Andrea, who handles the commercialization of the wines.
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
Inspiring Thirst, page 171