Re Teodorico and Il Casale Soave

italian wine  %tages Re Teodorico and Il Casale SoaveThis week we’re doing some odds and ends.  Reviews of wines that we don’t have a full line-up to do a full series, but we have one or two we want to highlight.  Today, it’s a double-header review with two wines from Soave.
Soave is a relatively small wine appellation in the Italy’s Veneto province, which is in northeastern Italy.  It’s a gorgeous province, with rolling hills, churches, bell towers and even some castles.  Soave is primarily made with two grape varieties.  The primary grape is garganega, which is the only grape is some Soave.  And Trebbiano di Soave is the second most-used Soave grape.  Both of the wines we’re reviewing today are 100% garganega.
There are in fact four different designations for Soave, but we’re only tasting two of them today, a Soave DOC and a Soave Classico DOC.  I know… the non-wine-geek readers are already going cross-eyed conception about DOC’s.  You just want to know if the wine is excellent or not, so let’s get to that.

2009 Cantina di Monteforte “Re Teodorico” Soave DOC
As a Soave DOC, this is an entry-level wine from the Soave province.  And it’s a pretty tasty one too.
This wine has a straw-like aroma to match its straw affect.  It also shows some pear aroma and some yeast, like a loaf of rising bread.  The palate has a distinct honey flavor, but without the sweetness of honey, along with some pear, and green apple.  The acidity is sufficient and gives it a vibrant tanginess.  The end is like a salted green apple, bringing out a touch of mineral on this wine.  Long into the end the yeast adds an aromatic note to the aftertaste.  This is a nice wine.  It’s fascinating, fun, distinct and enjoyable.
Wine: Cantina di Monteforte “Re Teodorico” Soave DOC
Variety: 100% Garganega
Vintage: 2009
Alcohol: 12%
Rating: 86
Fee: $7.99

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