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Soave Classico is the hilly area in the Veneto where vineyards were planted during Roman times. It is uniquely suited for developing white wine with its volcanic soil: pure basaltic lava, the only area with these particular characteristics in Italy. The area was originally planted with the ancient “Graecanicum” (coming from Greece) variety. This name was then transformed into “Garganega” in the local dialect. During the ‘60s Giuseppe Inama, the estate’s founder, began purchasing small plots of vineyards in the heart of the Soave Classico. His idea was to assemble only top quality vineyards of old-vine Garganega, and fashion from them a wine capable of restoring Soave’s reputation. Today this property sits on 30 hectares. (winery notes)
To recap: The Inama family has been making wine in the Soave and Colli Berici zones of the Veneto for more than a half-century. Their 60 hectares of vineyards are the embodiment of hard work, passion and deep knowledge of the land. Third generation brothers Matteo, Alessio, and Luca are the current caretakers and winemakers; they have built upon the solid foundation of their forebears by embracing tradition while at the same time undertaking new practices such as precision agriculture, a system that involves analyzing the chemical makeup of the soils in order to obtain the highest expression of the grapes and terror in their finished wines. Adherence to organic farming, low yields, and the encouragement of biodiversity in the vineyards have resulted in fruit with thicker and more aromatic skins. The success of these methods is evident in all of their cuvées.
Today's wine is rich and round, with aromas of baked apples, pineapples, and a touch of chamomile. The fruits are dominant on the lush yet dry palate. That volcanic soil is beautifully expressed via hints of flinty minerality that weave through the fruit characters. The wine finishes long, with a very subtle hint of almonds.
92 points, James Suckling:
"Real Soave with dried apples and pears and hints of cooked mangoes and lemons. Medium to full body. Fruity and bright." (11/7/19)
Producer Name: Inama
Old/New World: Old World
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Soave Classico DOC
Quality Designation: DOC
Grape Varietals: Garganega
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller White
Winemaker: Steffano & Matteo Inama
Pack/Size: 12/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Burgundy Bottle
Closure Style: Screwcap