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Il Rose wine, for me, it is a wine that should have more space and the producers have the task of not debasing it with easy and mediocre products designed for an audience of consumers of spritz wine. Don't get me wrong: if we want to talk about drinkability for easy, this is absolutely worth looking for. In fact, I find that rosé wine is perfect as an alternative to white wines in particular combinations for all that segment of the public that does not like white wines in general. In this context, the Chiaretto di Bardolino DOC it's a Garda wine which deserves great attention and the 2022 preview finally helped me to frame the two macro types of Chiaretto from Corvina grapes that are produced in this area. So first I want to thank the Consortium for the protection of Chiaretto and Bardolino for the precious invitation, the director Angelo Peretti for its culture and Studio Cru for handing us in the press beautifully.

As always then I'll go straight to the point of the tastings.

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Chiaretto di Bardolino: tasting notes

Chiaretto di Bardolino DOC: battery 1

  1. Aldo Adami, Chiaretto di Bardolino 2021:  it has an intense and bright onion skin pink. The nose is very fragrant, very intense, with notes of wild strawberry, banana, raw butter, apple. In the mouth it is very savory, with a slightly intrusive pseudo-calorie and you feel that it has been bottled recently. Good length.
  2. Bolla, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico “La Canestraia” 2021: it has a bright pale pink color. The nose is delicate with floral notes of rose and broom and a light fruity accent of white peach. In the mouth it is very savory, consistent, very fresh, fairly balanced and with good drinkability.
  3. Vinicio Bronze, Chiaretto di Bardolino “Rosa Canina” 2021: intense and bright onion skin pink. The nose is very delicate and particular, with floral notes of dandelion flowers, broom and lime that fade into a chalky trail. In the mouth it is consistent, enveloping, savory, mineral and very fresh. Good length.
  4. Ca 'Bottura, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico 2021: intense and bright onion skin pink. The nose is very delicate, with both fruity and fine and elegant floral notes. Fresh strawberry and rose blossoms are recognizable. In the mouth it is consistent, fresh, quite savory and with a long salty caramel finish.
  5. Caorsa Winery, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico 2021: pale and bright onion skin pink. The nose is very intriguing with a pleasant and intense hint of maracuja that fades into pink grapefruit. In the mouth it is coherent, very fresh, savory and with an enveloping mouth of rather persistent pink grapefruit. ❤️
  6. Soave winery, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico “Rocca Sveva” 2021: pale and bright onion skin pink. The nose is intense, with notes of ripe banana and fresh almond. In the mouth it is consistent, rather savory and quite fresh, with a notable pseudocaloric content. Good drinkability.
  7. Cellars of Verona, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico “Val dei Molini” 2021: pale pink with onion-skin reflections, brilliant. The nose is delicate, fruity and floral, with notes of vanilla, wild strawberry and rose. In the mouth it is very fresh, savory and overall balanced with a fairly long finish of caramelized sugar.
  8. Valpolicella Negrar winery, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico “Domini Veneti” 2021: pale pink with onion-skin reflections, brilliant. The nose is delicate and elegant, with notes of both fresh and candied mandarin and acacia flowers. In the mouth it is consistent, fresh, savory, with good drinkability and a nice length. ❤️
  9. Vitevis cellars, Chiaretto di Bardolino “Ca 'Vegar” 2021: it has an intense and bright claret pink. The nose is delicate with aromas of both fresh and toasted almonds. In the mouth it has a very intrusive pseudocaloric content, a good flavor, a slight unwanted carbon dioxide and it has probably just been bottled. 🫣
  10. Casaretti, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico “Rosa dei Casaretti” 2021: presents an intense and brilliant salmon pink. The nose is very delicate, almost absent. A floral accent is painstakingly recognized. There is unwanted carbon in the mouth and it is completely broken down. 🥶

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    Chiaretto di Bardolino: battery 2

    1. Cavalchina, Chiaretto di Bardolino 2021: it has a bright pale pink. The nose is delicate and pleasant, with notes of hawthorn and oregano flowers that fade into brown sugar. In the mouth it is coherent, with a pseudo-calorie present but not intrusive, fresh and with a long sip.
    2. Gardoni Court, Chiaretto di Bardolino “Nichesole” 2021: intense and brilliant, consistent onion skin pink. The nose is intriguing, it comes out very outside the box of claret with hints reminiscent of marinated ginger and peppermint. In the mouth it is consistent, warm, fresh, slightly savory and with a long sip. ❤️
    3. Gold coast, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico 2021: it has a very intense and bright light pink. The nose is very delicate, with barely perceptible floral aromas. In the mouth it has a pseudo-calorie present but not intrusive, a delicate and rather fresh taste.
    4. Gold coast, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico “Pink Diamond” 2021: it has an intense and bright onion skin pink. The nose is delicate with some mineral and citrus hints. In the mouth it is more pleasant than on the nose and the taste is enriched with pleasant notes of strawberry. Balanced and with good drinkability.
    5. kind, Chiaretto di Bardolino 2021: pale and bright onion skin pink. The nose is intense and particular, with notes of incense, camphor and dried roses. In the mouth it is quite consistent, more intense than on the nose, with a good balance and a good drink.
    6. Giovanna Tantini, Chiaretto di Bardolino 2021: it has a bright pale pink. The nose is delicate and pleasant, with notes of white chocolate, wild strawberry. In the mouth it is warm, soft, fresh, balanced, and with a delicate but persistent sip. It does not come out of the schemes of the claret, on the contrary it is how a claret done well should be. ❤️
    7. Gorgo, Chiaretto di Bardolino Bio 2021: pale salmon pink, bright. The nose is delicate and pleasant, with notes of vanilla and butter. In the mouth it is coherent, it is enriched with citrus fruits, but it is warm, with a too intrusive pseudocaloricity. 🫣🫣
    8. Rizzardi Warriors, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico “Keya” 2021: intense and bright cherry pink. The nose is delicate and pleasant, very characteristic, with notes of strawberry yogurt and rose flowers. In the mouth it is fresh, balanced, with excellent drinkability. A traditional claret done well ❤️
    9. The Pignetto, Chiaretto di Bardolino 2021: pale and bright onion skin pink. The nose is very delicate with a barely perceptible floral accent. In my mouth it has a carbon dioxide in my opinion unwanted and is totally broken down. 🥶🥶🥶
    10. La Rocca, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico 2021: has an intense and bright onion skin pink. The nose is intense but not intrusive, characteristic, with notes of strawberry yogurt, orange blossom and rose blossom. In the mouth it is pleasant, fresh, quite savory, with an excellent drinkability and a good length. ❤️
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    Chiaretto di Bardolino: battery 3

    1. Le Fraghe, Chiaretto di Bardolino “Ròdon” Bio 2021: has a pale onion skin pink. The nose has some notes of caramelized sugar and pleasant floral accents. In the mouth it has a very abundant pseudocaloric content that detracts from the pleasantness.
    2. Le Fraghe, Chiaretto di Bardolino “Ròdon” 2020: it has an onion skin pink color with salmon reflections, bright and consistent. The nose is very intriguing, elegant, mineral and fine with notes of cumin, raw butter, wet stone, graphite, magnolia flowers. In the mouth it is consistent, fresh, soft, very balanced. Great drinkability and a long finish with a hint of red orange juice. ❤️❤️
    3. The Ginestre, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico 2021: pale onion skin pink with salmon reflections. The nose is delicate and fine, with just hints of white flowers. In the mouth it is warm, fairly balanced and consistent, with a rather pleasant strawberry finish.
    4. Le Morette, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico Bio 2021: very bright pale pink. The nose is delicate and characteristic, with notes of fruit tartlets. In the mouth it is quite balanced, warm, fresh and with an interesting savory vein. Good drink.
    5. Curtains, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico Bio 2021: it has a bright pale pink. Unfortunately it has a lot of unwanted carbon dioxide ... bottle with problems, I trust to taste it again. 🥶🥶
    6. The vineyards of San Pietro, Chiaretto di Bardolino “Corderosa” 2021: pale pink with salmon reflections, slightly hazy. The nose stinks, so I stop tasting. Probably this bottle also has some problems…, I trust to taste it again! 🥶🥶
    7. The nights, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico “Decus” 2021: shows a beautiful pink point, particularly bright. The nose is delicate and elegant with notes of ripe pear, cinnamon and butter cream. In the mouth it is consistent, fresh, rather savory, warm and with a long pear finish. ❤️ ❤️
    8. The nights, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico 2021: shows a beautiful bright pink point. The nose is delicate, with floral notes of orange blossom and a barely perceptible citrus vein. In the mouth it is warm, with a somewhat demanding but still not annoying pseudocaloric content, and with a good drinkability.
    9. Marchesini Family - Marchesini Marcello, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico “2021”: it has an intense and brilliant pale pink, with a beautiful point of pink. The nose is very characteristic, delicate and elegant. Notes of strawberry yogurt, white chocolate. In the mouth it is fresh, savory, balanced and with a long sip. ❤️
    10. Antonio Menegotti, Chiaretto di Bardolino 2021: has a pale bright pink with onion skin reflections. The nose is very delicate, with notes of rennet apple and hibiscus flowers. In the mouth it is consistent, fresh, warm, with excellent drinkability and a long apple finish. ❤️
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    Chiaretto di Bardolino DOC: battery 4

    1. Monte dei Frà, Chiaretto di Bardolino 2021: bright onion skin pink. The nose is delicate and fine, with notes of aromatic herbs, not yet ripe pear and white flowers. In the mouth it is warm, fresh and overall balanced, with a good flavor.
    2. Monte Zovo - Cottini family, Chiaretto di Bardolino “Phasianus” 2021: has a pale bronze color. The nose has an interesting spiciness that makes it very particular, with also a very defined note of maracuja. In the mouth it is consistent, pleasant, balanced, with a rather long maracuja finish. ❤️
    3. Morando Lorenzo, Chiaretto di Bardolino 2021: it shows a beautiful pink point, full and bright. The nose has an interesting note of sweet licorice that dances harmoniously with buttery and white-fleshed fruit scents. In the mouth it is warm, fresh, balanced and overall pleasant. Good drinkability and persistence of pear. ❤️ ❤️
    4. Perantoni, Chiaretto di Bardolino 2021: bright and intense onion skin pink. The nose is quite intense, pleasant and elegant with notes of wild strawberry, maracuja, and pink grapefruit. In the mouth it is pleasant, fresh, warm and overall balanced. A claret between the characteristic and the experimental well done. ❤️
    5. Albino Piona, Chiaretto di Bardolino 2021: bright pink. The nose is too delicate, so much so that it is hard to find recognition beyond a delicate floral accent. In the mouth it has an almost syrup aftertaste that did not thrill me, too bad because it has a good balance between softness and hardness. 🫣
    6. Poggio delle Grazie, Chiaretto di Bardolino Bio 2021: has a bright pale bronze color. The nose does not excite me, it is delicately citrus. In the mouth it is coherent, it moves a little towards the white pulp fruits, it is very balanced and it is overall fine.
    7. Raval, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico 2021: pale and bright pink. Intense and elegant nose with dominant notes of maracuja. In the mouth it is consistent, pleasant, very balanced, fresh, savory and with a long fruity finish. ❤️
    8. Righetti Dante, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico 2021: it has a deep, intense and bright onion skin pink. The nose is delicate and floral. In the mouth it is soft, fresh, savory, smooth and with an excellent drinkability.
    9. Ronca, Bardolino Bio 2021 claret: it has a nice pale, bright pink point. The nose is quite intense, with notes of white peach and lime blossom. In the mouth it is very soft, fresh, savory and with a finish of rennet apple.
    10. Saints, Chiaretto di Bardolino “Infinito” 2021: it has a bright pale pink. The nose is delicate, fine and elegant with notes of fruit tartlets. In the mouth it is pleasant, soft, fresh and with excellent drinkability.

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    Chiaretto di Bardolino DOC

    Chiaretto di Bardolino DOC: battery 5

    1. Seiterre, Chiaretto di Bardolino "El Salgar" 2021:
    2. Tenuta La Presa, Chiaretto di Bardolino 2021: bright onion skin pink. Citrus and floral and delicate notes. The nose is very delicate and pleasant. In the mouth it is fresh, savory, intense and long.
    3. Tenuta La Presa, Chiaretto di Bardolino 2020: it has a bright onion skin pink. The nose is very pleasant, elegant and fine. The nose is pleasantly scented [new nando brescia] In the mouth it is fresh, soft, structured and with excellent drinkability. ❤️
    4. Tinazzi, Chiaretto di Bardolino “Ca 'dei Rocchi  Campo delle Rose ”2021: intense and brilliant onion skin pink. The nose is delicate with notes of wild strawberry. In the mouth it takes a note of banana.
    5. Valetti, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico 2021: it is bright pale pink. The nose is very delicate, with fruity aromas of fresh pear. In the mouth it is consistent, balanced, fresh, savory and with a good drink. It has a hot streak that comes later.
    6. Villabella vineyards, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico 2021: bright onion skin pink. The nose is quite intense and pleasant, with notes of maracuja. In the mouth it is consistent, soft, fresh and with a warm vein. Very pleasant.
    7. Villabella vineyards, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico “Villa Cordevigo” Bio 2021: has a bright pale bronze color. The nose is delicately citrine with a bergamot tea finish. In the mouth it is coherent, fresh, savory, with a pseudo-calorie present but not intrusive.
    8. Villabella vineyards, Chiaretto di Bardolino “Heaven Scent” 2021: it has a bright pale pink. The nose has delicate citrus notes defined and elegant. In the mouth it is fresh, savory, balanced and overall with an excellent drinkability.
    9. Villabella vineyards, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico “Villa Cordevigo Gaudenzia” 2018: it has a brilliant antique gold color. The nose is very interesting with spicy and herbal notes in which I recognize cumin, white tea leaves, pink pepper. In the mouth it is very pleasant, consistent, with a nice softness, fresh, savory and with a more dosed pseudocaloric. Great pleasure. ❤️ ❤️❤️
    10. Villa Medici, Chiaretto di Bardolino 2021: it has an intense Chiaretto pink, with not very intense characteristic notes. Unfortunately, it has unwanted carbon in the mouth, which is a pity because it is overall balanced.
    11. Women 1870, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico “Vigne Alte” 2021: it has an intense and brilliant claret pink. The nose is very intense and characteristic with notes of strawberry yogurt, white chocolate. Fresh, soft on the palate, with a well-dosed pseudocaloric content. Excellent drinkability ❤️
    12. Women 1870, Chiaretto di Bardolino Classico in amphora 2020: only aged in amphora, pleasant. it has an intense and brilliant onion skin color. The nose is delicate, fine and elegant with notes of wild strawberry and fruit tartlets. In the mouth it is very pleasant and structured, fresh, savory with excellent drinkability.  ❤️❤️
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    At the beginning of this article, I told you about two different interpretations of Chiaretto di Bardolino DOC which, probably, you may have also noticed in my tastings. It is the use of corvina grapes without maceration or with maceration, which gives two completely different wines.

    • Chiaretto di Bardolino DOC from maceration of the corvina: claret pink or coral wine more or less intense and brilliant. On the nose, hints of red fruits, strawberry yogurt and vanilla. In the mouth it is softer and generally has an easier drink.
    • Chiaretto di Bardolino DOC without maceration of the corvina: onion skin pink wine more or less light and bright. More or less intense hints of citrus and passion fruit on the nose. In the mouth it is more vertical and risks having an important pseudocaloric content especially in hot years.

    Which one do I prefer between the two? If done well surely the Chiaretto di Bardolino DOC without maceration, especially with a few years on the shoulders. Because let's be clear once and for all: rosé wine can refine in the bottle and give great emotions, only we are not yet used to treating it this way!

    And what is the Chiaretto di Bardolino DOC you prefer? Write it to me in a comment!

    Cheers

    Chiara

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