Masi Soave Classico 2009 Levarie

Masi Soave Classico 2009 Levarie DOCC…

By Sinéad O’Reilly AIWS, Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon.

Soave DOC Classico, Italy

The wines of the hills above Verona monopolize the scene in the Veneto. Soave and Valpolicella – the area’s with the highest concentration of big-name producers – together make up 40 per cent of the region’s DOC production.

The basic grape in Soave DOC is Garganega, which has delicate lemon and almond flavours.

With an annual production of over 60 million bottles, Soave is by far Italy’s biggest white wine DOC. The credibility of the denomination was severely dented by an emphasis on quantity over quality through the 1980’s. In the past five to ten years, however, the efforts of small grower-producers have brought Soave back into the realm of serious white wines.

This particular Soave is labelled “classico”, which means it comes from the top hill sites in the communes of Soave and Monteforte d’Alpone, and which should have more body and flavour..

Masi Soave Classico 2009, Italy, 12%

Normally €12.99 January Special  €8.99

Garganega, from Italy’s Veneto regions, forms the base of the best Soaves. It makes a richly fruited, soft, light to medium bodied white redolent of melon, apple skin and lemon aromas and flavours, with a slightly nutty finish.

If you like wines that have soft fruits and are lighter bodied, you will like this wine…If you like fruity wines with a refreshing mouthfeel, giving out nutty hints you will love this wine…

Perfect solo or with cream based pastas , seafood pasta or cold meats.

Delicious De Cecco Pastas and sauces available in Dicey Reilly’s Off Licence…

 

This Week’s Snippet of Info…

What does Classico mean on an Italian wine label?

On an Italian wine label the word Classico means the original zone of production within a DOC region, generally with better vineyards

 

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