The Castelnuovo is a cooperative near Verona on Lake Garda in the Veneto region. The coop was founded in 1958 and consists of 250 grape growers covering nearly 3,000 acres of grapes in the Bardolino appellation.
Bardolino is kind of a "little brother" to Valpolicella. The vineyards are next door to each other, and they use the same grapes, but Bardolino tends to be lighter and thus has become quite a favorite. Production of this wine is unique for a rose. Like most red grapes, the juice of the blend here, Molinara, Rondinella, and Corvina, is totally white. By allowing the juice to contact with the skin for just a few hours, it will pick up that blush tinge.
Here, they use the skins from Amarone for color, which adds more flavor and body. That's because grapes for Amarone are dried in the sun for up to six months, causing them to lose water and thus become more intense. Then they are crushed and fermented, making an extensive, alcoholic wine that can last for decades.
After Amarone is made, they save the skins and then add them to the white Bardolino for just a few hours to extract both color and flavor. The result is a fantastic amalgam of power and elegance seldom experienced. Both white and black fruit flavors like peach and cranberry soar through the blush, creating just the ticket for veal saltimbocca or cod cakes with salsa verde.