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ITALIAN WINE REVIEW | Kyle Phillips

Giugno 2011 | Wine blog

Bardolino is one of the finest quaffing wines there is: welcoming ruby that brings life to the table, and (ideally) bright fruit supported by lively acidity and deft light tannins, a combination that makes for an extremely refreshing wine well suited to hearty soups or pasta dishes, quickly grilled or fried meats, light stews, and casseroles and the like. In short, versatile, and a fine choice for day-to-day drinking.

Like its more substantial cousin produced in the highlands of the Valpolicella, Bardolino is a blend, made primarily from Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. Unlike its cousin it’s released young, just a few months after the harvest, and this year we have the 2010 vintage, which was relatively cool and wet, making for lively acidities and in many cases rather brambly fruit. Good food wines that will support what they are served with, but not demand center stage.

Fulvio Benazzoli Bardolino 2010
Lively cherry ruby with black reflections and cherry rim. The bouquet is muted, with some brambly accents and underlying be supported by a fair amount of brambly acidity. On the palate it’s bright, with lively sour cherry fruit supported by slightly greenish brambly acidity and tannins that are fairly smooth, though they do have a burr to them, and flow into a clean slightly greenish sour cherry finish. Pleasant in a scrappy key and will work very well with foods, including the fried meats and vegetables that are nice on a hot day.
2 stars

Bardolino Sfondo bianco

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ITALIAN WINE REVIEW | Kyle Phillips

Giugno 2011 | Wine blog

During the summer months one of the nicest simple wines to break out is Bardolino Chiaretto, an eminently drinkable rosè made from the same varietals — Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara — also used to make Bardolino (and Valpolicella), both of which are red.

The 2010 vintage was relatively cool and wet, which makes for lively acidities, and the 2010 Bardolino Chiaretto, lightly chilled, will be quite nice at cookouts or picnics, and also be a pleasant vino a tutto pasto, (to be drunk throughout the meal) that will work quite well with lighter summer dishes, including pasta salads, stuffed vegetables, and meat dishes served cool.

Fulvio Benazzoli Bardolino Chiaretto 2010.
Pale rose pink with brilliant reflections. The bouquet is fairly rich, with bright floral accents and some minerality that are supported by cut flower pungency, which is also a factor of youth. On the palate it’s moderately intense, with sour cherry raspberry fruit supported by fairly bright raspberry acidity and by slight brambly tannins that flow into a fairly long savory finish with tart berry fruit underpinning. It’s pleasant in a fairly direct key, and will be versatile at table.
1 star

Chiaretto Sfondo bianco

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ITALIAN WINE REVIEW | Kyle Phillips

Maggio 2011 | Wine blog

Fulvio Benazzoli Bardolino Chiaretto Spumante Brut 2010. Pale salmon pink with fine persistent perlage. The bouquet is fresh, with wild strawberries and some minty herbal notes laced with sweetness of strawberry jam. Quite fresh. On the palate it’s lively, with bright mineral strawberry fruit supported by both sparkle and by some mineral acidity, and flows into a long peppery finish with some pungency from the sparkle. Quite pleasant in a fresh lively key and will work very well with simple pasta dishes or risotti — vegetable based, with fish — and will also be nice with creamy main courses, while one could push it into service with pizza too. In short, versatile, and one could also drink it lightly chilled far from the table. Worth seeking out.
2 stars

Spumante AR

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ITALIAN WINE REVIEW | Kyle Phillips

Aprile 2010 | Wine blog

Bardolino 2009. Pale cherry ruby with brilliant ruby reflections and rosy rim fading to white. The bouquet is bright and fresh, with violets and cherry fruit supported by slight greenish acidity. Cheeky. On the palate it’s medium bodied, with bright cherry fruit supported by clean bright berry fruit acidity and tannins that have a dusky burr and flow into a clean bright berry fruit finish. Pleasant, and will drink quite well with hearty vegetable soups, grilled meats and other quickly cooked foods.

Bardolino Sfondo bianco

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ITALIAN WINE REVIEW | Kyle Phillips

Aprile 2010 | Wine blog

Chiaretto Spumante brut 2009. Pale rose with fine white perlage. The bouquet is delicate and vinous, with savory herbal accents, rosemary in particular, and sea salt mingled with tart acidity. On the palate it’s light, and brisk, with bitter minerality more than fruit supported by sparkle and mineral acidity that flow into a clean savory finish. Quite direct and up front, and will be nice at poolside or at a cookout, and also as an aperitif. Refreshing, and ideal for summer.

2 stars

Spumante AR

Chiaretto 2009. Rosy pink with bright slightly salmon reflections and pale rose rim. The bouquet is muted, though swishing brings up some savory notes and pleasant floral accents and hints of roses mingled with some berry fruit. On the palate it’s pleasant, with fairly direct white plum fruit supported by dusky savory minerality that flows into a slightly bitter savory finish. It’s pleasant in an approachable key, and bill be nice as an aperitif or with summer recipes.

1 star

Chiaretto Sfondo bianco

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