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2020 Corvina Veronese “Becco Rosso”

Corte Gardoni
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The star of this spry and punchy red, and surely the unsung hero of the region, is the Corvina grape. The Piccoli brothers farm their vines in the grand cru area of Bardolino, just southeast of Lake Garda, giving us an absolutely lip-smacking rosso. It’s vibrant, fresh, and fun.

Jane Augustine


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Corvina
Appellation: Corvina Veronese IGT
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Producer: Corte Gardoni
Winemaker: Piccoli Family
Vineyard: 25 years, 23 ha total
Soil: Moraine
Aging: Eight months of aging in 30-hectoliter Slavonian oak botti
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About The Region

Veneto

map of 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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