Bardolino and more

Corte Gardoni, Bardolino, DOC Le Fontane 2006 The previous vintage sported a Beaujolais-like character, in the Nouveau vein, a carbo-mac fruit bomb with very light body – ideal for lunch in the sun when you demand red wine. This current vintage was quite stinky at the outset, but the fruit popped out later, in a light-bodied format with plenty of acidity and some herbaceousness. Le Fontane is the vineyard in Valeggio sul Mincio, on the morenic south-oriental hills of Garda where the ground is calcareous and clay-like. The grapes are corvina 60%, rondinella 30%, other local unspecified vines 10%. The wine is matured only in stainless. Estate bottled by Corte Gardoni di Piccoli in Valeggio sul Mincio 12.5% $9.99 at Traverso’s Corte Gardoni

Bella Sera, Delle Venezie Pinot Noir IGT 2006 Black fruit and mint, on the thin and acidic side. V&B in Trento 12% $?? class sample. Bella Sera

Vignalta, Colli Euganei DOC, Rosso Riserva 2003 The 2001 was and light-bodied, showing cherry fruit with herbaceous notes and a complexing hint of bandaids. This vintage is the same blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet and is topped with lashings of new oak on top of cherry fruit, a touch of the barnyard, in a good way and a balanced amount of tannin to give the wine some chewiness. P&B in Arqua Petrarca 14% $19.99 at Traverso’s Vignalta

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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