jamie goode's wine blog: Bardolino

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Bardolino

Trying a Bardolino tonight, after flying back from Portugal. TAP in-flight catering is never all that smart (whose short-haul food is?), but they've recently replaced the semi-edible lukewarm ham and cheese sandwich with a grotesque alternative filled with a light-grey, flavourless meat with the texture of damp cardboard. So I'm rescuing my palate with some wine.

It's a Bardolino, and it's not really a red wine, as much as a souped up rose. I guess you could call it a red/rose hybrid. Think Italian Beaujolais, and you aren't far off it. But it's not just frivolous alcopoppy stuff - this is actually quite a 'gastronomic' wine, with good acidity and a bit of tannic grip on the finish.

Guerrieri Rizzardi Bardolino Classico 2007 Veneto, Italy
Light red in colour, this is like a very dark rose more than a red wine. Sweet, bright cherry fruit dominates the nose and palate. It's quite rounded, with a rich texture, a hint of sappiness and just a touch of spicy tannin on the finish. Joyful and quite drinkable, but would work well with a range of foods, too. There's a place for this sort of wine. 87/100 (7.49 Longford Wines, Davy's wine shop)

3 Comments:

At 11:59 PM, Blogger Colin said...

They have a shop and vineyard right in the middle of Bardolino town on the shores of Lake Garda where I spent a very enjoyable week last month. They are quite an extensive operation with vineyards also in Valpolicella and Soave although I don't know how much of the range is shipped to the UK.

 
At 10:21 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks Colin - I think they're beginning their assault on the UK market - Proven PR are their newly appointed PR agency.

 
At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Agathe said...

Hi Colin
HBJ Wines & Spirits are the agents and importers for Guerrieri Rizzardi in the UK. The full range is available from us and a few wines are listed in Harrods and Fortnum & Mason. Please let me know if you need any more details, Regards. Agathe

contact: agathe.simonnot@hbjwines.co.uk

 

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