Lower ABV While Remo Farina is famed for their high-end Valpolicella reds and Soave whites, it was this single-vineyard blend from Custoza that really impressed us this year. We like to call this “Bardolino Bianco” because, like Bardolino, it’s lower in alcohol (just 12.5%), blends multiple grapes, and comes from Veneto vineyards stretching from Verona to the shores of Lake Garda.
No one grape excels here, so wine growers in Custoza have practiced growing and vinifying “field blends” of different vines to make a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Here, the old Veneto Amarone and Soave estate Remo Farina brings together 40% Garganega, 25% Trebbiano, and 15% Fernanda with 20% of the blend made up of splashes of Malvasia, Riesling Italico, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc (the last two grapes introduced here in the 17th Century). The Garganega is picked, pressed, and starts fermenting first. Then the other grapes come in and have their juice added to the vat to make a harmonious blend before short aging on the lees in stainless steel.
There's lots of texture here from the fruit and time on the lees and bold aromas and flavors of yellow apple, stone fruit and sweet lemon pulp and zest. But it's the mouthwatering minerality and very light dash of white grapefruit pith on the finish that keeps you coming back for more. One of the best values in Italian white in the shop, you'll enjoy this mouthwatering beauty with all kinds of fresh fish and any dish with a dusting of toasted almonds or splash of lemon.
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