The Brolettino was bought from the state monopoly after some glowing reviews on social media and the Ronchedone was drunk during the beginning of our holiday when we stayed a couple of days in Sirmione at Lake Garda, just a stone throw or two from where these wines are produced.
2014 Brolettino, Cà dei Frati
Made out of 100% Turbiana this reminds me of a restrained Chardonnay with notes of peach, candied lemons, cap gun smoke and elderberries. A salivating, fresh and cool nose. Very likeable.
The taste is cool and handsome with notes of grilled lemons, peach and chrushed rock, with a high, fine acidity. Fresh and fine. Really good.
90p (tasted 2017/07)
2014 Ronchedone, Cà dei Frati
This is a blend of Mazzemino, Sangiovese and about 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose is deep and rich with ripe black cherries, graphite, rosemary and pipe tobacco. Broad and beautiful. Some new wood. Really good.
The taste is young, tight and refined, more so than on the nose. Fine notes of black currants, pencil shavings, leather (those 10% Cabernet shows :-) and dusty earth. Polished tannins. Long and fine. Should mature nicely for the coming 6+ years.
92p (tasted 2017/08)