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, 25% Rondinella, 25% Molinara, Barbera & Sangiovese|
|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.
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