Following our participation to the recent International Wine Traders Workshop at Peschiera del Garda (21-22 October 2013) in Italy, we have asked some of the participants to forward samples of the wines that most impressed us for a follow-up evaluation.
We shall review such wines as we receive and taste them. In 2014 we shall then decide – based on commercial and quality considerations – on possible extensions to the ranges that we carry.
BENNATI “SOIRAGHE” – The Bennati winery is located in Cazzano di Tramigna, that is, at the boundary between the wonderful Soave hills and the renown Valpolicella region.
The winery was founded in 1920 and it has a long tradition of winemaking: as a matter of fact, four generations have contributed to the qualitative improvement of the wines. Today, the highest expression of this path of growth is the Soraighe line. The name Soraighe is taken from a hilly area not far from the winery, and the objective was to create an assortment of wines with a strong identity, linked to their land (Valtramigna, in the Eastern part of Verona) and to the family style.
Lugana is produced from 100% Trebbiano di Lugana grapes. The name “Trebbiano” is misleading. In fact, this grape bears no relationship to the bland cultivar utilized extensively in many otherwise unremarkable wines from Central Italy. It is in fact a local synonym for Verdicchio, a grape known to produced attractively scented and complex wines in the region of Marche.
The Soiraghe Lugana has an appealing light golden hue and delicate, elegant tropical-fruity overtones on the nose. On the palate it is most satisfying, revealing substantial texture and intense ripe, white peach flavours. What is most interesting is its aftertaste which reveals the wine’s minerality and intensifies and completes the fruity perceptions previously acquired on the palate. This Lugana is a breath of fresh air for palates jaded by too many trite Sauvignon Blancs.
It is definitely ready to drink and should not be kept over two years.
Score: 17 points
Soiraghe Soave Classico “Libet”
This Soave Classico is from 100% Garganega grapes.
Straw-yellow with golden hues. Delicate, very clean nose with overtones of fresh tropical fruit and hints of field flowers. On the palate it display a good structure and excellent balance with ripe fruity flavours, mainly of peach and grapefruit on the close.
Although it may be enjoyed as an aperitif, this wine will definitely shine when matched with the right food, especially eggs and egg-based dishes, cheese soufflés and also fish and pasta dishes with a creamy sauce.
Score: 16 points
Cantina Colli Euganei “Bianco” 2013 DOC
Cantina Colli Euganei brings together about 680 producers, spread over the protected area of the Euganean Hills Nature Reserve. With 7,000 tons of grapes harvested, it produces 5 million litres of wine and distributes 2 million bottles.
This modestly named wine has an unpretentious but captivating label and is the result of an eclectic blend of 4 grapes: Garganega, Tai (“Friulano”, formerly known as Tocai), Pinot Bianco and Moscato.
On the nose, it has medium developed soft, appealing whiffs of ripe, white-flesh plummy fruit. On the palate, the entry reveals round, ripe peaches and aromatic tropical fruit. What is most pleasant and unexpected is the crisp twist of flavoursome citrus and cape gooseberry at the end that lifts this wine to a new dimension and provides much drinking pleasure. A happy find, this wine certainly spars above its weight.
Excellent as an aperitif or with hot or cold appetizers, soups, fish and fresh cheeses.