2011 Le Fraghe Bardolino
Another excellent wine designed for the table brought in by importer extraordinaire Oliver McCrum. The Bardolino DOC is near the city of Verona, on the southeastern shores of Lake Garda, and Matilde Poggi's winery, Le Fraghe, makes an excellent example of the style from organically-grown Corvina and Rondinella from her estate. Poggi uses more Corvina than most, 80% to be exact, and the two varieties are fermented separately and see no oak, which really allows the fruit character to shine through. McCrum writes: "Le Fraghe Bardolino tastes of cherries, blueberries and herbs, with hints of orange peel, cinnamon and black pepper; it works with a range of dishes (pork, chicken, grilled salmon). The body of the wine is velvety (not unlike Pinot Noir), with balancing acidity, very drinkable; if the measure of a good wine is that you wish the bottle had another glass left in it, this wine is perfect."