Back in June I wrote about a rosé wine from Le Fraghe and noted that, based on the quality and appeal of the wine, I would be “seeking out other wines from Matilde Poggi.” Well, true to my word, I came across a red wine from Le Fraghe that I just had to try.
The Brol Grande is a single vineyard Bardolino Classico red from the commune of Affi. The wine is a blend of Corvina and Rondinella grapes from vines with an average age of 15 years. The vineyard is southern exposed at an elevation of approximately 600 feet. Each grape is vinified separately with maceration lasting about 7 to 8 days. The wine is pumped over daily and subject to complete malolactic fermentation. Upon completion, the wine is then placed in large 1,000 gallon wooden vats for 8 months of aging and further settling.
The resulting wine is truly charming and seductive, emphasizing the fruity, spicy nature of both the Corvina and Rondinella grapes. While not built for long aging, the wine does possess elegance and structure with moderate levels of fruit. At an average pre-discount bottle price of $17.99, this wine is an excellent value!
To learn more about Le Fraghe, check my prior post: https://blog.musingsonthevine.com/2014/06/03/2013-le-fraghe-rodon-bardolino-chiaretto/
My tasting note:
Bright, lively nose with fresh cherry, allspice and floral hints. Medium-bodied with firm acidity and supple tannin – well balanced. Slightly tart, red berry palate with juicy cherry and strawberry notes – seductive. Moderate length – smooth with a crisp finish – some nice layered complexity on the finish – mineral, black pepper and nutmeg. Drinking well now – should hold well for another 2 to 3 years. Good value.