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Inama I Palchi Foscarino Soave Classico Grand Cuvée 2019 13% 750ml

Inama I Palchi Foscarino Soave Classico Grand Cuvée 2019 13% 750ml

Expert Review:
Top 100 Wines of Italy 2021- 97 points, There’s incredible mineral presence here, from the nose right through to the finish. A aromatic mix of flint, tufo and wet-stone aromas, as well as heather and floral notes. Then, the palate finally introduces ripe peach and pineapple to this mineral carnival. Full-bodied, super-silky and almost syrupy texture with dense, ripe fruit and light phenolics. The long finish mixes stone-fruit and enough acidity to handle the same, huge bundle of rich, silky minerals. This is a special old-vine selection from the historic, volcanic Monte Foscarino vineyards. Quite unique in the Soave context, and showcasing one of the appellation’s top vineyard sites. Fermentation in a mix of barrel and oak cask. First vintage. Drink or hold.

During the 1960s Giuseppe Inama, the estate's founder, began purchasing small plots of vineyards in the heart of the Soave Classico, beginning with Foscarino in 1965. His idea was to assemble the best vineyards of old-vine Garganega, and fashion from them wines capable of restoring Soave's reputation. Foscarino is indeed today one of the most important sites in Soave, grown on purely volcanic basaltic lava soils, and both the alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentation occur in used, small French oak. Today the estate is managed by Giuseppe's son Stefano, with his three sons Matteo, Luca and Alessio. From the 2016 vintage, Inama have released a new cru Soave Classico, Vigneti Carbonare, also planted on basaltic lava, but in contrast fermented exclusively in stainless steel. Over the past 20 years, Stefano, and latterly with his sons, have created a 30 hectare property in Colli Berici, located just a few kilometers South-East of the Soave hills. Despite its proximity, this area couldn't be more different with half the annual rainfall and higher average temperatures than the Soave Classico area. From the very early trials, Stefano understood the unexploited potential of the area for red wines, and in particular Carmenère, which had already been present for more than a century. Inama successfully blend the Carmenère with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to create both young drinking reds such as the Carmenere Più as well as their age-worthy flagships Bradisismo and Oratorio di San Lorenzo.

Variety: Garganega
Region: Soave, Veneto, Italy
Winemaker: Alessandro Sterchele



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