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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. With no defining regional characteristics, it can be a bit confusing to the general consumer to parse through its many subzones, but the patient wine lover will find many treasures to be discovered here, typically at wallet-friendly prices. Red and white wines are produced here, with more emphasis on the latter, as well as the ultra-popular sparkling wine Prosecco. The region is sheltered from harsh northern European winters by the Alps, which form its northern border, but the climate is still relatively cool, making the Veneto ideal for white wine production.

    Much of Italy’s Pinot Grigio hails from the Veneto, where it can range from neutral and inoffensive to crisp and refreshing. Soave, made primarily from the Garganega grape, has a reputation for producing relatively ordinary, bulk wines, but can be very elegant when yields are carefully monitored, with aromas of lemon, almond, and white flowers. Valpolicella is the region’s best-known red wine, with juicy, tart red cherry flavors derived from the Corvina grape. Recioto and Amarone wines made from dried grapes are a regional specialty and can be very intense, heady, and cerebral.

    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