One of the surprises of my recent trip to Soave was learning the true identities of the grapes used to produce Veneto's signature white wine. I had heard in the past that the Trebbiano of Soave was in fact Verdicchio, but the real surprise was learning that Garganega is related to Grecanico.
Given the similarity of the name, it should have come as no surprise; but checking out my notes for various Grecanico wines I was struck by the similarities. Waxy fruit, minerals, floral tones, mineral notes. It's all there, other versions offered up banana tones and melon fruit, another aspect of Soave that I am familiar with.
So that got me thinking, what about blind tasting Grecanico and Soave together. It's in the works, but in the meantime, try a Grecanico and let me know what you think. I can suggest the 2010 Caruso & Minini Terre di Giumara Grecanico, which is a great value and has much in common with a fine Soave Classico!
2009 Caruso & Minini Terre di Giumara Grecanico
Light yet penetrating aromas of flowers, minerals, salt air and waxy yellow fruits. Very light on the palate and nicely taut with a finely focused feel. The fruit here is transparent, yet firm with a nice mineral wash on the finish. Really great drive and energy to this. It's restrained but delightful. 89pts