Tasting a Soave Classico

Soave may be one of the most recognized indigenous white wines of Italy, so much so that people identify it as a brand more so than a region. In its home of Veneto, the Garganega grape (main grape of Soave) certainly makes enough user-friendly versions that make their way to the states. While most of these are easy and not so distinctive, there’re certainly more serious versions available. Many of these come from the Soave Classico zone where hillside vineyards produce superior grapes with more intense flavor.

Suavia Soave Superiore Classico 2012 is one of those exceptional bottles that yields many of the best qualities one can expect from this region. Wine Spectator describes this wine to a tee with, “sleek and fresh, with a smoky, mineral-tinged underpinning and creamy notes of poached apple and pear, lemon meringue and honeysuckle.”

It’s rare to find a balance between juicy and creamy, or fruity and mineral driven yet Suavia pulls this off well in its fresh 2012 vintage. Don’t confuse this with an everyday Soave. There’s too much wine in this bottle to diminish it with any comparisons to a typical Soave, and best of all its only $15.


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