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Have the qualities of Soave increased again recently, did we catch a few particularly good vintages or do I just understand the wines better today? I'm not sure, it's probably a bit of everything. Since we started tasting Soave, no tasting has ever been as much fun as the one we had in the last few weeks. We have been Soave fans for a long time; it is not for nothing that we now dedicate a BEST OF to the wine every year.
Photos: Consorzio Tutela Vini Soave e Recioto di Soave

Since Germany has been experiencing a renaissance and can once again rightly count itself among the best white wine producers in the world, a certain arrogance - it seems - has spread among the country's wine drinkers. Those who deny Italy's ability to produce first-class whites can be sure of general approval, at least as long as they leave South Tyrol out of it. Is this arrogance, ignorance or, in the end, a strange German (or German-speaking) "We-are-who-again", which is just right at a time when dull national sentiments are threatening to become socially acceptable again? An apartheid of grape varieties in which not much counts except Riesling and perhaps its children and a few Burgundy varieties?

As in interpersonal relationships, it helps to get to know wine. For Soave is undoubtedly one of the outstanding white wine regions of the world. Good Soave is a completely independent wine, ideally - and this is becoming more and more common - strong in character, complex, profound and often astonishingly capable of development. It is never loud and certainly not overbearingly fruity, rather nutty, more or less melting and with often pronounced mineral spiciness from the volcanic soils on which the best wines grow. It is one of the most versatile food accompaniments imaginable, but the multi-layered flavours of the top growths are sometimes something you want to chase for a long time without distraction. Try it out!

We have tasted around 100 wines in the last few weeks for this BEST OF. As always, the best are here and as PDF. You can find links to all the wines and producers by clicking on the respective headings.

Soave Classico DOC

  • 92+WP 2016 Vigneto du Lot, Inama
  • 92WP 2016 Vigneti di Carbonare, Inama
  • 91WP 2016 Vigneti di Foscarino "Vecchie Vigne", Inama
  • 91WP 2016 Monte Zoppega, Nardello
  • 90WP 2015 Colle Sant'Antonio, Prà
  • 90WP 2016 Pigno, Giannitessari
  • 89WP 2016 Monte Carbonare, Suavia
  • 89WP 2015 Contrada Salvarenza "Vecchie Vigne", Gini
  • 89WP 2014 Vigneti di Foscarini "Vecchie Vigne", Inama
  • 88WP 2016 Casette Foscarin, Monte Tondo
  • 88WP 2017 Vin Soave, Inama
  • 88WP 2015 Le Brume, Villa Matielli
  • 88WP 2016 Alzari, Coffele
  • 88WP 2016 Staforte, Prà
  • 88WP 2016 La Foscá, Gini
  • 88WP 2016 Pressoni, Cantina del Castello
  • 88WP 2017 Fonte, Canoso
  • 87WP 2016 Montesei, Le Battistelle
  • 87WP 2017 Monte Tondo
  • 87WP 2017 Vigna Turbian, Nardello
  • 87WP 2017 Monte Tenda, Giannitessari

Soave Classico Superiore DOCG

  • 90WP 2016 Foscarin Slavinus, Monte Tondo
  • 89WP 2015 Monte Sella, Le Mandolare
  • 88WP 2016 Verso, Canoso
  • 88WP 2017 Monte di Fice, I Stefanini

Soave DOC

  • 90WP 2016 "Vecchie Vigne", Sant'Antonio
  • 88WP 2016 Netrroir, Corte Mainente
  • 88WP 2017 Monte Ceriani, Sant'Antonio
  • 88WP 2016 Le Cervare.Vulcano, Zambon
  • 88WP 2015 Colli Scaligeri, Sandro De Bruno
  • 88WP 2016 La Broia, Roccolo Grassi
  • 87WP 2016 Le Carvare, Zambon
  • 87WP 2017 Sandro De Bruno
  • 87WP 2017 Corte Paradiso, Marco Mosconi
  • 87WP 2017 San Cassiano

Soave Superiore DOCG

Recioto di Soave DOCG

  • 92WP 2016 Le Schiavette, Le Mandolare
  • 90WP 2009 Passo, Canoso
  • 88WP 2016 Luna Nova, Corte Mainente
  • 88WP 2014 El Re', Solar
  • 87WP 2010 San Zeno, Fasoli

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