Le Fraghe Bardolino Chiaretto Rodon Rosé 2019


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There are very few traditional Italian rosés, despite being such useful wines when the weather's warm. We have been collecting them recently; one of our new finds is this charming rosato (called, traditionally, 'Chiaretto') from Matilde Poggi, our excellent producer of Bardolino. It's a saignée* of her red Bardolino, pale pink in color and redolent of wild strawberries with hints of bitter herbs; we drink it with salmon and other substantial fish dishes, and it's very good with grilled chicken or pork. It's made of Corvina (80%) and Rondinella, two of the traditional indigenous varieties from the area, fermented and aged in stainless steel, and it's bottled under screwcap, to retain freshness.