Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe Soave 2016
Ideal at 8-10 °C (46.4-50 °F). Pleasant as an aperitif, it is particularly suited to first courses, white meat, fish and vegetables.
The vineyards are surrounding the original "Corte Giacobbe" estate in the hilly area of Roncà, located 200-300 meters (656-984 feet) above sea level, with southwestern exposure and limestone-based soil, rich in basalt and in grey and black tuff of marine origin.
Today, Dario’s children have followed in their father’s footsteps and are running the winery. Davide is the enologist and manages the winery. Alberto is the vineyard manager. Francesca is in charge of the winery’s marketing programs and exports while Nico is in charge of the domestic sales for Italy. Together, the family’s great respect for local traditions, which started with Augusto, is paralleled by a commitment to crafting wines that are the perfect expression of the local terroir. The wines also reflect three generations of dedication and flawless expertise.
The vineyards are located just a few kilometers away from Soave, high on the slopes of the Lessini Mountains, about 1,345 feet above sea level. The vineyards are planted on the hillsides, giving the vines excellent exposure to sunlight, which allows the grapes to ripen perfectly. Also, the excellent day/night temperature swings further contribute to the wines’ structure and complexity.
There are two extinct volcanoes on the estate, Calvarina and Crocetta. The extraordinary Runcata Vineyard sits on the ridge that divides these two volcanoes and is planted on ancient stratovolcano. This mixture of hardened lava, tephra, pumice, and volcanic ash enriches the black and gray tuff soil with minerals and beneficial elements that lend minerality and fragrance to the wine.
Located in Ronca, the winery and cellar have been recently renovated with the most up-to-date technologies, further confirming the family’s dedication to producing quality wines.
Among Italy’s classic whites capable of great potential, Soave is named after the medieval village and surrounding hillsides from whence it comes. The original, historical Soave zone, delimited back in 1927, covers the eastern, volcanic hillsides of today's general Soave zone and is called Soave Classico.
Garganega, the indigenous grape responsible for great Soave, produces medium bodied white wines with fine acidity. Typical in the best Soaves are lively flowery and fresh herbal aromas and flavors such as orange zest, peach, melon and marjoram. The best can take some age and in so doing, develop notes of chamomile, marmalade and honey.
By the 1960s and 70s, Soave was enjoying such a glorious global reputation, that its demand forced growers to push beyond the zone's original borders. Expansion led west out of the hills and onto the alluvial plain of the Adige River. This, coupled with an increase in yields and allowance of additional varieties such as Trebbiano, Chardonnay and Pinot blanc, met demand but created a softer, fruit-forward, everyday Soave. Today the broader region can be the source of charming and value driven whites. But those labeled as Soave Classico or in rare cases, as Soave Colli Scaligeri (nearby hillside vineyards abutting the Classico zone), will be the best quality and age-worthy Soaves. These are often 100% Garganega.
Flourishing in the rolling vineyards surrounding the medieval village of Soave in the Veneto region, Garganega is one of Italy’s classic white varieties. By law it makes up 70 to 100% of the white wine of the area, aptly and simply known as, Soave, with the remainder traditionally finished off 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, measurably elegant and vibrant, come from the Soave Classico zone, in the center of Soave, where the hills are made of decomposed volcanic and granitic soils. 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.