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Balestri Valda Soave Classico 2013

Garganega from Veneto, Italy
    12.6% ABV
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    12.6% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    This is Soave according to Balestri Valda; unmistakable for its distinctive minerality, it fully expresses our terroir. Made from 100% Garganega. Fresh, fruity and delightful.

    It makes an ideal aperitif, goes well with hors d'oeuvres and fish and vegetable first courses. Excellent with fish-based main courses, white meats and fresh cheeses.

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    Balestri Valda, Veneto, Italy
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    Balestri Valda is the story of a family.? It is the story of Guido Rizzotto, who has dedicated his life to wine; a man in love with the land, never ceasing to believe in its potential. ?Every day with endless dedication, Guido strives for excellence in the vineyard and cellar.

    Luca and Laura, Guido’s two children, have followed in his footsteps bringing their own personality to the evolution of the company day after day.?

    Laura loves the arts and philosophy, and brings creativity and sensitivity to the company. A tireless traveller, she is the face of Balestri Valda abroad.

    Luca is a young winemaker tied to his roots and a lover of nature. He learned the precious secrets of wine-making from his father, and has shown great skill by enriching them with his own new ideas.?

    Milena, wife and mother, has a more behind the scenes role, bringing patience and gentleness to provide balance to the family.?

    Balestri Valda is our story; we are convinced that it is our great passion that transforms the beautiful craft of wine-making into the deep-seeded sense of pride that we each possess.

    A large and diverse wine region in northeastern Italy, the Veneto is home to a vast array of different styles of wine.

    The sub-region of Valpolicella (meaning “valley of cellars” in Italian) is a series of north to south valleys and is the source of Veneto’s best red wine with the same name. Valpolicella—the wine—is juicy, spicy, tart and packed full of red cherry flavors. Corvina makes up the backbone of the blend with Rondinella, Molinara, Croatina and others playing supporting roles. Recioto and Amarone follow the same blending patterns but are made from grapes left to dry for a few months before pressing, resulting in wines that are intense, full-bodied, heady and often, quite cerebral.

    Soave, based on the indigenous Garganega grape, is the famous white here—made ultra popular in the 1970s at a time when quantity was more important than quality. Today one can find great values on whites from Soave, making it a perfect choice as an everyday sipper! But the more recent local, increased focus on low yields and high quality winemaking in the original Soave zone, now called Soave Classico, gives the real gems of the area. A fine Soave Classico will exhibit a round palate full of flavors such as ripe pear, apricot, or yellow peach, have smoky and exotic aromas and a sapid, fresh, mineral-driven finish.

    Much of Italy’s Pinot Grigio hails from the Veneto, where the crisp and refreshing style is easy to maintain; the ultra-popular sparkling wine, Prosecco, comes from here as well.

    Garganega

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    Flourishing in the rolling vineyards surrounding the medieval village of Soave in the Veneto region, Garganega is one of Italy’s classic white varieties. It makes up 70 to 100% of any Soave (white wine) by law, with the remainder finished off traditionally by Trebbiano di Soave for its crispness. More recently international varieties like Chardonnay are being used to create softer and fruitier Soave.

    The best Soave wines come from the Soave Classico zone, where the hills are made of decomposed granite soils and have the capacity to produce elegant and vibrant wines. The remainder of the zone tends to give rounder and fuller versions of Garganega.

    Garganega’s best white wines are steely and delicate with yellow peach, melon, almond, Herbs de Provence and lime zest flavors and aromas. Its simpler versions can offer great values and make wonderful quaffers. If you like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris, try Graganega for something a little different.

    RVLTS165013_2013 Item# 142043