Cantina del Castello - 2008 Soave Classico DOC

One of my goals for 2010 is to taste a greater number of Italian wines. Hopefully that will also lead to a higher number of Italian wines of all types and price ranges being covered here at Gabe's View. That said it's fitting that the first post of the year is about a wine from Italy. The Soave region is known for its white wines. The primary varietal is Garganega. Within the overall Soave designation are three more specific types of Soave. Today I'll look at one with the Soave Classico label. Cantina del Castello 2008 Soave is made from fruit sourced in the Classico region. Vineyard sites for this wine sit 200 to 250 meters above sea level. This offering is a blend of Garganega (90%) and Trebbiano di Soave (10%). Fermentation was accomplished in stainless steel. Two months of bottle age occurred prior to release. Just under 8,500 cases of this vintage were produced and the suggested retail price is $19.50.

Orchard and citrus fruit aromas intermingle with a hint of chamomile in the expressive nose of this wine. Lemon ice notes, mango, and pineapple are all key components of the full flavored palate. The finish shows lemon creme, vanilla, white pepper and an overall oily note that clings to the back of the throat. This wine has excellent acidity and will be a terrific match for lighter foods. Creamy cheeses, salads, and appetizers in general are good bets.

What stood about to me about this Soave is the combination of easy drinkability and complexity. Tasting it over a period of a couple of hours this selection has numerous layers that sneak up as you contemplate this wine and let it wash over you. A lovely wine and a good starting point if you're looking to venture outside of Pinot Grigio.

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