Lenotti Rosso Passo
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Stepping into Lenotti’s small tasting room in Bardolino, on the Western shores of Lake Garda, it doesn’t take long to begin to appreciate the hospitality that this family has coursing through their veins. They are also fiercely proud of their district and the wines it produces, mainly the corvina-based reds of Bardolino and Valpolicella. But, never one to rest on the attributes of this little sandy, loamy pocket of Italy, Giancarlo Lenotti saw plenty of potential in the other Northern Italian varieties and even some international grapes with a propensity for solid yields as well as awesome aromatics. Lenotti Rosso Passo is all red fruits and berries, cleverly combining Sangiovese with its more savoury flavours and finish, with the juicier Merlot. It’s from the hilly and lean stony soils to the east of Lake Garda and it shows in bright but concentrated fruit. A nice combo of soft fruitiness and savoury finish - an ideal red for early courses.
Grapes: Sangiovese 50%, Merlot 50%