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2017 Bardolino “Le Fontane”

Corte Gardoni


Dustin’s Pick Its exuberant blend of juicy, spicy red fruits and zippy acidity reminds me of my beloved Loire reds, and, like them, is great with a bit of a chill.

Bardolino may not share the commercial popularity of Prosecco or the prestige of Amarone, but this Veneto red, hailing from the southeastern shores of Lake Garda, undeniably offers value and drinkability that are difficult to top. The Piccoli family has been carrying the flag for Bardolino for decades now, since founder Gianni Piccoli staunchly took a stand against chemical farming and the influx of international grape varieties to his home turf in the early 1970s. Today, Gianni’s three sons carry on the tradition of bottling delicious, refreshing, affordable wines from local grapes—in the case of this red, Corvina and Rondinella. The fruit from their sustainably farmed vines ferments in stainless steel and goes into bottle early to capture maximum freshness. With an aroma that recalls sour cherry and a touch of black pepper, along with a bright, crunchy acidity, this juicy rosso is perfect for anytime quaffing. Just don’t forget to serve it slightly chilled.

Anthony Lynch

$14.00
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 60% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, 10% Other
Appellation: Bardolino
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Producer: Corte Gardoni
Winemaker: Piccoli family
Soil: Moraine
Aging: Several months of aging in stainless steel before bottling
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 12.5%

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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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