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2021 Bardolino “Le Fontane”

Corte Gardoni
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Tucked at the base of the Alps, a stone’s throw from Lake Garda’s crystalline shores, the Piccoli family cooks up some of the most thirst-quenching values in our entire portfolio. A blend of indigenous varieties, their Le Fontane is an ultralight rosso with juicy cranberry notes, a subtle kiss of black pepper, and gentle, tongue-tingling, lip-smacking tannin. Try it slightly chilled with a pizza bianca.

Madison H. Brown

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2021
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%

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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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Kermit inspecting wine barrels

For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.

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