Gianni's Mael is a blend of 40% Garganega; the noble white grape of the Veneto, with 20% Trebbiano, 20% Trebbianello (an autochthonous clone, unique to his vineyard, according to Gianni), and 20% Riesling, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. Make sure you use a good large glass as if you were pouring a bottle of fine white Burgundy from Gilles Corsin or Domaine Henri Germain - this pale yellow gold wine is a textbook example of how evolves in the glass after it's poured.
Apple and peach blossoms, ripe Bartlett pears, and chamomile emerge on the nose, along with suggestions of basil, citrus oil, and dried honeycomb. On the palate, the wine is silken-textured, with generous, mineral-infused flavors of Cameo apples, lime zest, and warm almonds. The overall impression is one of mouth-filling, sunny opulence wrapped around a cleansing calcareous mineral core. Drink now-2021. About this wine producer: Gianni Piccoli is as stubborn as he is modest and self-effacing, with no interest in following the easy paths to guaranteed market share if they mean compromising his principles. He and his sons Mattia, Andrea, and Stefano simply make the best wine in Bardolino. Which is how they find the best customers. Corte Gardoni was established in 1980, when Gianni decided that his beautiful grapes – carefully farmed at low yields on the stony slopes of the moraine in Valeggio sul Mincio – would no longer be sold in bulk, to be blended anonymously in the vats of industrial wineries like Bolla and Folonari that still dominate Bardolino. Building a winery was a risky undertaking in a region that had such little prestige, but Gianni Piccoli never looked back. Today, under the direction of his son Mattia, Corte Gardoni supplies the finest Bardolino and Custoza to nearly every Michelin starred restaurant in Italy.