Production area: The Bardolino classico region, with vineyards planted on the glacially formed moraine hills in the towns of Lazise and Bardolino, east of Lake Garda.
Grape varieties: Corvina (55%), Rondinella (30%) and Molinara (15%).
Yield: 100 kg of grapes yield 70 litres of wine.
Ageing: In stainless steel tanks.
Refining: About 3 months in the bottle.
Alcohol 12.5% vol.
Total acidity 5.5-6‰.
Dry extract 24-25‰.
Sensory impressions: A gracefully intense ruby red colour with violet undertones, it has an inebriating, vinous nose redolent of black cherries and raspberry, followed by hints of liquorice roots and new leather: a very pleasant personality! The palate is delightfully supple, supported by an extremely fine texture of still faintly pungent tannins: the pleasantly bitter note that grows in the mouth and becomes quite clear at the finish has a delicate note of quinine. Overall, a crisp, juicy wine, fresh and persistent.
Serving temperature: 14-16° C.
Recommended food pairings: Superb with fresh pasta with mushroom and white meat sauce, or pasta e fagioli soup. After a brief period of cellaring, it also goes well with roast and stewed poultry. When very young and well chilled (14° C), it is perfect with dishes featuring fresh-water, oily fish, such as grilled eel and risotto with tench. It is usually paired with one of the most renowned specialities of this region, namely polenta and baccalà(stockfish). A more unconventional but equally pleasing match is that with fish or vegetable couscous.
Longevity: 2-3 years.