Azienda Agricola Cavalchina, DOC Bardolino Chiaretto, Lombardy, Italy, 2013
DOC Bardolino occupies pretty much a flat plain bordering Lake Garda’s eastern shores, with an aspect from southeast through south to southwest. The soils are calcareous and pebbly, with alluvial content from the River Adige and a glacial element from the time when Lake Garda was carved out.
Chiaretto is a type of pink wine, and Cavalchina has a good name for Bardolino Superiore (Belfrage).
This wine – a blend of 55% corvina, 35% rondinella and 10% molinara. The crushed grapes are macerated for 24 hours at 8-10C, the coloured juice run off, then fermented for 15-18 days at 18C in stainless steel. MLF is avoided, and the wine is left on its lees until bottling. Screw cap closure, 12% abv, DBM Wines, £11
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity salmon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium intensity, youthful, with an opening floral aroma of rose, then shades of various red fruits – barely ripe strawberry, raspberry, red cherry …
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, a low-key gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium (-) body, medium intensity, a smooth texture, of medium intensity, with flavours of red cherry, cranberry and ripe red dessert apple. A medium (+) length with a clean red-berried lightly grippy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, well made, quite simple, fresh and fruity, still, with balanced acidity with intensity of flavour. Of modest intensity and flavour concentration, yet a decent fruity length. This wine is ready, will keep for a year, but not improve with cellaring.
- Belfrage, N, Barolo to Valpolicella, Mitchell Beazley, 2004.