Chiaretto is the name given to their fine, dry vino rosato, produced in tiny quantities. This lively blend of Rondinella, Corvina and Molinara shows a fresh cranberry nose and a supple, vibrant palate accented by mild spicy notes. This is excellent with cioppino, bouillabaisse, and fresh, flavorful salads.
About this wine producer: Gianni Piccoli is as stubborn as he is modest and self-effacing, with no interest in following the easy paths to guaranteed market share if they mean compromising his principles. He and his sons Mattia, Andrea, and Stefano simply make the best wine in Bardolino. Which is how they find the best customers. Corte Gardoni was established in 1980, when Gianni decided that his beautiful grapes – carefully farmed at low yields on the stony slopes of the moraine in Valeggio sul Mincio – would no longer be sold in bulk, to be blended anonymously in the vats of industrial wineries like Bolla and Folonari that still dominate Bardolino. Building a winery was a risky undertaking in a region that had such little prestige, but Gianni Piccoli never looked back. Today, under the direction of his son Mattia, Corte Gardoni supplies the finest Bardolino and Custoza to nearly every Michelin starred restaurant in Italy.
I purchased a case of this wine by mistake! I thought it was another red offering from my go-to fave producer. "Oh well," I thought..."I'll give them to friends as presents." But then I drank a bottle. was going to reconsider my friendships and the whole concept of sharing generally, but the just decided to get another case instead. #spreadthelove
Change from 4 to a 5. It needed to rest a few days. I got it the day it came in. Simply amazing. Beats the French Provence by a bit. Easy drinking and PERFECT in the mid afternoon with lunch. Tom (below) did what I did some years ago. I never looked back. I love this stuff. In fact I spoke with the producer. He does not speak much English, but my friend did.