92/100 – Decanter World Wine Awards
92/100 Wine Enthusiast
If you have wined and dined on Lake Garda you may well have tasted this delicious North Italian white wine, made by the best producer in Lugana, the family owned Cà dei Frati. This, their Brolettino is another classic—fresh, enveloping, savoury and well structured, with a great capacity for ageing. Instantly aromatic and alluring, the 2020 is a superb expression which ranks even higher than usual in critical acclaim. It is drinking beautifully and will continue to age well.
Brolettino is a characterful white wine made on the southern banks of Lake Garda from local variety Turbiana (Verdicchio). It is beautifully made—fully ripe grapes and highly productive land give great complexity. To the nose, there are hints of ripe fruit, peaches, yellow apples, rose petals and rosemary with fresh, balsamic notes.
The palate is incredible: dense and all-enveloping, fresh and elegant, creating a wave of fruit, balanced with acidity and a fresh finish. The full structure is accompanied by a taut acidity and a characteristic savouriness which cleans the palate, leaving it full of delicate aromas. Pale lemon in colour, oak ageing gives added palate weight and complexity to the honeyed, stone-fruit flavours.
You could drink this in place of white Burgundy or Chablis. It is more exuberant; it positively dances across the palate but with great delicacy and verve. There is a salty minerality, but also a joyous abundance of white peach fruit. The finish is long and racy and pure. It has real presence and intensity.
It is a delightful wine with food, pairing perfectly with white meats and poultry, shellfish, porcini or other mushroom risotto, pasta or soups, fish- or meat-based pasta or rice dishes, vegetarian dishes, mature and hard cheese, lean fish and cured meats.
Case of 12 bottles. Non-Members £406. CCUK Members £279 with free UK mainland delivery.
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