Since this 2020 vintage, Bardolino producers have had the option to designate wines as one of three new cru: La Rocca, Sommacampagna, and Montebaldo. These grapes must be grown in one of these subzones flanking Lake Garda, then made to specific standards of blending and aging.
This wine, the “Eocene” of Bigagnoli, comes from the hilly Montebaldo, the northeastern zone, whose wines tend to be fresher and spicier. It is certified organic, a blend of 80 percent Corvina, 10 percent Rondinella, and 10 percent Sangiovese vinified with ambient cultures. It ages for 14 months in stainless steel with regular lees stirring, and is closed with a screwcap. The aromas are lifted, with a sense of cherries, sandalwood, and balsamic. The core of the wine is light refreshment: bright fruit, vanishing tannins. This wine could take a chill, so would be great for picnics.
2020 Bigagnoli Eocene Montebaldo Bardolino DOC
12.5% ABV | About $14; may not have a US importer