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Suavia Soave Classico 2010

Garganega from Veneto, Italy
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12.6% ABV
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12.6% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Straw yellow color with golden highlights.Nice fruit notes (peach and green apple) together with the typical mineral note from the volcanic soil.

Juicy and fresh on the palate. Good acidity with a long and dry final taste.

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This offers rich layers of candied pineapple, yellow apple, matchstick and spice notes, set in a lithe, lively frame. A stony base note resonates through to the mouth-watering, citrusy finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases imported.
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Suavia

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Suavia, Veneto, Italy
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Giuseppe Tessari had built the family's home in 1887, high on the Fittà hills that overlook the Classico heartland, facing the hills of Soave and Monteforte d'Alpone. He cultivated the family's first vineyards with his own hands and sold his fine fruit into the local cantina sociale, keeping to himself only sufficient grapes for a few barrels of Recioto. Then in 1982, a century after it all began, his son Giovanni and wife Rosetta took a brave step, choosing at last to estate-bottle their wine, constructing a brand new, state-of-the-art winery and calling themselves Suavia "as a tribute to the tradition and culture of their terroir". Suavia the ancient name of the city of Soave and the surrounding area, is the name they decided to give their new winery to underline the profound connection with the tradition and culture of the territory. They dedicated 12 hectares to the vineyard, at the highest point in Soave Classico, using the traditional grapes Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave.

Today, their four daughters run the winery. Arianna, Meri, Valentina (the present winemaker) and Alessandra speak of their vineyards as they speak of grandfather Giuseppe and Nonna Serafina, who taught them to care for every vine, every plot and every grape on the property from earliest childhood. In the course of these years, Suavia has become synonymous with Soave and one of the appellation's benchmark wineries. Attention focus at first in the vineyard and then in the cellar, which release only four wines that are the Tessari's interpretation of all the facets of Garganega. The secret of their success lies in: (1) Their unique empathy with the Soave Classico terroir (2) Very old, select rootstock (Monte Carbonare was planted in 1946, Le Rive in 1951). (3) The richness and complexity of Suavia's volcanic soil, endowing the wines with minerally, flinty notes. (4) An ideal, hillside microclimate, vines at an altitude of 300 meters and exposure, with sunny days and cool nights, hence, the wines' layered aromas and nuances of ripe, exotic fruit.

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.

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