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2018

Monteci Bardolino

Corvina, Rondinella

Bardolino, Italy

Alc. 12.5 %

Retail
$26.99
Club Price
$20.49

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Bardolino is a small region in Veneto, in northwest Italy near Lake Garda and within minutes of Romeo and Juliet’s fair Verona. Stunning landscape with rolling hills, vineyards and olive trees are all over this lakeside region, offering an outstanding culture of food and wine. Similar to Valpolicella, Bardolino is a blend of Corvina (a staple grape in both regions) and Rondinella.

The Monteci winery has been passed down from father to son for five generations. They pride themselves on having a small parcel of land boasting some of the best vines in Veneto, Italy. Environmental sustainability and organic farming is a priority at Monteci winery. For them, the reason is simple, it is “not only for our vines and the surrounding countryside of our splendid Valpolicella, but in general for a shared sense of responsibility.”

The Bardolino is fermented and aged in stainless steel, rather than oak, giving you pure fruit characteristics and freshness. Optimal serving temperature is about 15 C and it is meant to be consumed in its youth, so enjoy before 2021.

Look

A very pale ruby red with a slight watery rim.

Smell

Beautiful and intense floral aromas with supplemental notes of smoke, raspberry and black pepper. Imagine every amazing fresh scent Italy has to offer and you’ll likely find it in your glass of Bardolino. Although light in colour and style, there is no lack of character here!

Taste

The Bardolino is a light bodied wine with racy acidity and low tannins. Every flavour — and you’ll get a million of them — is super fresh tasting! You might get cherry cola, tomato leaf, raspberry bush, cherry compote, sour red cherry, ripe raspberries, overripe tomatoes, vanilla and freshly crushed basil. Don’t be surprised if you get a new flavour characteristic with each and every sip. Although Bardolino might not be a regular in your wine rack, it is a perfect summer time treat for a crisp red!

Pairing

Italian wines are meant to be paired with Italian cuisine. This is your ultimate Tuesday night pasta wine and should be a great match for a simple linguine dish with olive oil, basil and fresh roma tomatoes. Don’t feel like cooking? That’s okay, relax with a plate of charcuterie and warm olives.

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