2007 Corte Gardoni Bianco di Custoza

Corte Gardoni Bianco di Custoza

The Italian town of Custoza is rich in historical significance, as this was the site of a key battle in the Risorgimento, the lengthy struggle for liberation and reunification of the Italian Peninsula. Located in the Veneto region of northeast Italy, it is also home to the Corte Gardoni estate, which sits on 54 hectares of land, divided mostly between vineyards and orchards.

The vineyards here sit on gravel, clay, and sand soils on south-facing hillsides. The poor quality of soil may not be conducive to agriculture, but it's perfect for growing grapes-- for it leads to reduced yields and increased concentration in the fruit. Recent efforts to increase the density of the vineyards have also contributed to increased concentration and more intensely flavored wine.

Garganega grapes
Garganega grapes
The Bianco di Custoza is made from the same grapes grown for Soave, perhaps northeast Italy's most well known white wine blend. The local Garganega grape dominates, and the blend also includes Trebbiano Toscano, the rare Trebbianello, as well as other local grapes.

This wine is light straw yellow in color, with hints of ripe apple on the nose. On the palate, it's dry and balanced, with a mildly spicy finish.

This is a perfect match for delicate fish dishes, from scallops or sauteed thin white fillets like flounder or red snapper. Or try this with a pasta primavera that features summer squash.