Funny story how I ended up in Bardolino last week drinking Corvina rosé nonstop… It all started a couple years ago when a marketing firm in Italy contacted me wanting to send me Prosecco. “Thank you,” I replied, “I don’t allow Prosecco on my blog.” Oh, but this just isn’t any normal sweet bullshit Prosecco, they said: This is Asolo DOCG of the finest pedigree! “OK, sure,” I half-begrudgingly replied, “I’ll check it out.” And they sent me a bunch of prosecco that blew my mind.
Fast-forward to last month and the same marketing agency emailed me again. “Would you like to be part of our rosé roll-out and try a bunch of great Bardolino Chiaretto ‘The Italian Dry Rosé’?” No thanks, I again said. I only allow grenache rosé on my blog. “But that’s the thing!” they insisted. “We are aiming STRAIGHT for the Provence market! Have you even seen the color of this stuff? It is so solid, even the snobbiest of rosé snobs align it evenly with Provence.”
And they weren’t kidding. I have never in my life drank anything pink I liked on a near-even plane as Provence. But this post really isn’t about what got me to Italy and #roséallday. I wanted to highlight a particular brand that kept wowing me day after day, tasting after tasting, at least 2 of them basically blind.
First night: Big line-up of strange bottles. I picked the Cordevigo as my Wine Of The Night and later upon querying, revealed this selection to a gentleman at the table, who turned out to be the owner of the winery. OOPS!
My notes: cordevigo 18 clean and delicate and nice beaut peach, stberry, not trying to hard… round mellow vibrant great acidity
A few days later we sat in on a rosé panel by Katherine Cole, author of Rosé All Day. It contained 8 wines from all over Europe, and while it wasn’t technically blind, I was chatting and not paying attention to the pours until we started talking about them. Other than the Tavel and Muga–whose color gave them away–I had no clue what was what. My two favorites were the Villabella Chiaretto and the Miraval.
Villabella and Cordevigo are the same winery, the latter is merely the organic label.
Throughout the remainder of the week, I put these wines to the test alongside their peers and they over-performed time and again. Plain and simple: They’re my kind of rosé. ALL of them are. This Corvina grape lends itself marvelously to rosé, and none of these are saignée or blends of white/red. All proper rosé, the vast majority a proper onion-skin hue, dry as a bone and riven with fruit and acidity. I can’t wait to see more of these on American soil, because they really are the only serious alternative to Provence I have ever tasted.
2018 VILLA CORDEVIGO Corvina/Rondinella 75/25 Chiaretto Organic 12.5
2018 VIGNETI VILLABELLA Corvina/Rondinella 80/20 Chiaretto 12.0