jamie goode's wine blog: Soave

Saturday, July 05, 2008


Three Soave wines tonight. I'm intrigued by Soave. On one level it can be pale and neutral and a bit boring. But made by growers who care, it has real personality. The three wines tried tonight have personality, for sure, but express varying facets of 'Soave'. They aren't terribly easy whites, because with this depth of flavour there are some aspects of their taste that are a bit challenging - in particular a slightly bitter, tangy, pithy character that wouldn't be a problem when they are drunk with food, but might be an obstacle to casual sipping. The easiest of the three to appreciate is probably the Tamellini, which tastes a little sweet.

Monte Tondo Casette Foscarin 2004 Soave Classico
Yellow/gold colour. Complex nose of lemon, mandarin and herbs leads to a palate that is mouthfilling, dense and rich, with citrus fruit, honey and a bit of nutty depth. There are some pithy, bitter notes on the finish. It's a complex, food-friendly white that's peaking now. 91/100 (12.30 Great Western Wine)

Guerrieri Rizzardi Costeggiola 2007 Soave Classico
A single vineyard blend of Garganega and Chardonnay. Quite deep yellow colour. Fresh and herby with citrussy notes and a slightly pithy bitterness. A full flavoured wine with a tangy finish. Distinctive. 89/100 (8.99 Longford, Davy's, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods)

Tamellini 2006 Soave
Full yellow colour. Rich and a bit nutty with a sweet, mealy, toasty richness and some melon fruit, as well as some finer honeysuckle notes. Sophisticated and broad with a distinctive sweetness. 89/100 (9.99 Cadman Fine Wines)

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At 7:32 PM, Blogger David McDuff said...

Three I'll have to look out for, Jamie, though none of them jump out as readily available in my local US markets. I've had many good experiences over the years, both with and without food (though mainly with), with the wines from Arturo Stochetti's estate, Cantina del Castello. His regular Soave Classico, simply called "Castello," as well as the single vineyard bottlings "Pressoni" and "Carniga" are all worth seeking out.

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

thanks for the tips david

At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tamellini is currently 8.49.
I had a bottle last night with dinner and it was certainly one of the better white wines I've drunk at that price for a while. It came in a mixed case, I'll be ordering some more.

Bob B


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