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Vallena Soave

Garganega

  • 2020

  • Alc. 13%

  • Veneto

  • Italy

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Smell

Ripe orchard fruits dominate the nose of this pale gold wine, with plenty of green and golden apple, peach, and a hint of lemon. As it opens up with a bit of air in the glass, hints of white blossom and toasted almonds emerge, adding complexity and depth.

Taste

Dry and light-bodied on the palate, with energetic acidity and a long, mouthwatering finish. Orchard fruits once again steal the show, with more peach and apple, along with pear and nectarine. There's a faint hint of butterscotch, but the finish is dry and zesty with a flinty minerality. This is a versatile white that pairs easily with food but is delicious on its own!

Pairing

There's enough acidity here to cut the richness of a roasted cauliflower soup, or try with a creamy pasta dish like seafood linguine with clams and scallops.

Aromas and Flavours

Peach

Fuzzy peach candies, or real-life fuzzy peaches fresh from a fresh B.C fruit stand.

Lemon / Lime

Common in cool climate white wines, this aroma can range from fresh citrus to lemon zest.

Apple

From Granny Smith to Red Delicious, apple makes for a delightfully crisp aroma.

Floral

You just received a bouquet from a secret admirer and the smell is intoxicating.

Almond

All of you home-bakers out there will recognize this smell the next time you use marzipan.

Handling and Serving

Serving Temperature
6°C

Cellar
2021 - 2022

Description

If there's any classic style of white wine from Italy that deserves a deeper look, it's Soave. Virtual oceans of it are exported and drunk annually every year, but it's largely overlooked as simple, quaffable, house wine. One sip of Vallena's example, though, will convince you that this misunderstood wine region can produce some seriously delicious bottles.

Located in Veneto, in northeastern Italy, Soave's home rose to fame for the production of rich, raisiny Amarone and it's slightly lighter-bodied cousin Valpolicella. The practice of drying grapes to concentrate flavour, sugar — and by extension, alcohol — developed in response to the region's cooler climate. Without the heat necessary to reliably ripen red grapes, this was the workaround. However, that same reliably cool climate is perfect for aromatic white grapes like Soave's Garganega.

Vallena's example comes from 40-year old vines, proof that care and attention in the vineyard and winery can make white wines full of character and complexity. Enjoy this unoaked white at a well-chilled 6 C over the next year.

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