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2016 Bardolino Chiaretto

Corte Gardoni

2016 Bardolino Chiaretto Corte Gardoni - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
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
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 50% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 25% Molinara, Barbera & Sangiovese
Appellation: Bardolino Chiaretto
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Producer: Corte Gardoni
Winemaker: Piccoli Family
Vineyard: 5 - 40 years, 40 ha
Soil: Moraine
Aging: Several months of aging in stainless steel before bottling
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 12%

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About Veneto

Italy’s most prolific wine region by volume, the Veneto is the source of some of the country’s most notorious plonk: you’ll find oceans of insipid Pinot Grigo, thin Bardolino, and, of course, the ubiquitous Prosecco. And yet, the Veneto produces the highest proportion of DOC wine of any Italian region: home to prestigious appellations like Valpolicella, Amarone, and Soave, it is capable of excelling in all three colors, with equally great potential in the bubbly and dessert departments.

With almost 200,000 acres planted, the Veneto has a wealth of terroirs split between the Po Valley and the foothills of the Alps. While the rich soils of the flatlands are conducive to mechanization, high yields, and mass production of bulk wine, the areas to the north offer a fresher climate and a diversity of poor soil types, ideal for food-friendly wines that show a sense of place. Whether it’s a charming Prosecco Superiore from the Glera grape, a stony Soave or Gambellara from Garganega, or a Corvina-based red in any style, the Veneto’s indigenous grape varieties show real character when worked via traditional production methods.

Since his first visit in 1979, Kermit has regularly returned to the Veneto to enjoy its richness of fine wines and local cuisine. Our collaboration with Corte Gardoni, our longest-running Italian import, is a testament to this. The proximity of beautiful cities like Verona and Venice, with their deep culinary heritage, certainly doesn’t hurt, either.

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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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