Garganega

 

Name of varietal: Garganega
 
Common synonyms: d’Oro, Decanico, Dorana di Venetia, Lizzara, Ostesa, Ostesona, Recanicu
 
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Veneto, Italy
 
History of the grape: Garganega is a white varietal that has been grown in the region for centuries. It is a primary component of Soave, and while there are some 100% Garganega releases, it is more commonly blended at 70% with Trebbiano, Pinot Bianco and sometimes Chardonnay. In the 1970s and 80s, Soave was a very popular bulk wine (as in Soave Bolla), which earned it a reputation for being the stuff of blandness. But it’s been able to shake its image, and high quality, flavorful Soave wines have emerged into the mainstream since then. Garganega is also a key component in Recioto di Soave. Select late harvest grapes are dried on straw mats or hung to dry before pressing into this delectable dessert wine. 
 
Characteristics of the grape: As Soave: light-bodied, refreshing Read more »

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  • Soave Classico Superiore-Inama Nye Vine 2011

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    Smokey and bright on the nose with a soft waxy edge to the rich and almost nutty yellow fruits that are tipped with just a hint of pollen. Silky and supple in the mouth but at the same time bright and tense with delicate heirloom apple and apricot flavors over a fine base of almost salty soil tones. Theres a big pop of fruit on the backend foll... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Soave Classico Superiore-Inama Nye Vine 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Prá Soave 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by ahoff76


  • Folonari Soave 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Inama Soave Classico #0860 2008

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    Telluride wine Read More

    Wine review by dhgoodman


  • Allegrini Soave DOC 2009

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    Flowery wine, acacia, almond. Very nice with frilled fish on fresh air. Read More

    Wine review by lenelegrand


  • Soave is (perhaps fortunately for us if not for the producers, being "off ... ... flavors and scent.  Garganega is the main ingredient, but other grapes such as the foreign interloper Chardonnay have been added in recent years (inter alia).  Pieropan is my personal favorite, and the various quality levels offered by this producer are anything ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Soave: then and now


  • Soave has had a reputation for producing boring wines. I love the 1970s for rock music, television shows (Three’s Company, Kojak, Fantasy Island among others), soft focus lenses, lava lamps and much more. James Bond was less an action figure and a far better wit. And I had a great childhood. But the 1970s were not exactly a golden age for wine. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Soave: then and now


  • Inama Soave Veneto Non-Certified Organic/Sustainable 2010

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    The wine is medium yellow in the glass with an enticing yellow water lily scent that, if you've never encountered it, is somewhat like lemon oil. Allspice, kiwi fruit, and lemon loaf come together on the palate with noteworthy viscosity and a medium finish. Somewhat warm with mild almond bitters. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Trabucchi d'Illasi Passito Sparavieri Veneto IGT 2007

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    In the glass, Passito Sparavieri had a golden-amber color. On the nose, there were intense aromas of dried fruit, caramel, honey and almonds. Alcohol by volume was label listed at 13%. On the palate, Passito Sparavieri was smooth and sweet. I tasted nuts and again dried, caramelized fruits. The wine was extremely intense. Passito Sparavieri was ... Read More

    Wine review by vino in love


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