Wine Spectator Top 100 Gem
This 2016 Gini Soave Classico was named in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines 2017. In their rave, befitting one of the Top 100 wines in the world for quality and value, they enthused: “A lithe, light-bodied white, with racy acidity and a subtle streak of mineral, layered with nectarine, melon and pink grapefruit pith flavors. This is well-knit, with a lingering, lightly spiced finish.” Quality this generous at $14.99 per bottle? It will go as fast as you can serve it up — I strongly recommend this as a case buy.
The only wines Wine Access has ever offered from the northern Italian region of Soave are those from Sandro and Claudio Gini. No surprise given Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, which calls Sandro “one of the most talented winemakers in the Soave Classico zone.” Gini, according to Vinous, makes “head-turning wines of real concentration and complexity.” Rather than a blend of local grapes, the 2016 Gini Soave Classico is perfumed, and bursting with pear and nectarine — it’s whimsical but will offer years of longevity.
Comprised of 100% Garganega from a selection of prized hillside vineyards, with vines averaging 70 year of age — delivering old-vine intensity un-matched in the area. But that’s no surprise from Gini — the family has grown grapes since the 1600s! It is this level of quality that put Soave on the map in the first place.
Ask any wine professional about the top wines of Soave, and you’ll hear the same names again and again: Pra. Pieropan. Inama. And of course, Gini. The brothers make one of Soave’s greatest and most famous wines from ungrafted century-old vines, and all of their wines come from historic vineyards: The 2016 Gini Soave Classico is hand-picked from vines that average 70 years of age. Although the Soave Classico DOC allows up to 30% other varieties, the Gini is unadulterated, consisting solely of Soave’s native Garganega, grown organically across Gini’s “cru” vineyards in the hills.
Gini is one of the producers smack in the original hills of Soave, which are now designated as DOC Soave Classico, that have guarded the reputation of the region by continuing to produce wholly authentic, focused, and complex wines from the Monteforte d’Alpone hills. These producers are few, but they are fantastic. The Gini family has grown grapes in the Soave Classico zone since the 1600s. There is a deed from the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia signed in 1852 by a Giuseppe Gini, for purchase of land within the Contrada Salvarenza area.
There is a ton of Soave out there, and it obviously doesn’t take a Master Sommelier to find one under $20. But the more you know about the region, its history, and its handful of stellar producers, the more you’ll understand why Gini is the only Soave Wine Access has ever sold, and why it’s a wine to take home by the case.