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Overview of the Wine
The best wines grown near the little town of Soave, just east of Verona, are some of Italy’s most interesting: vivid, fresh, flavorful, and capable of aging in the bottle. They are made of indigenous grape varieties grown in volcanic soils (this last being very rare in northern Italy). There are very few producers, however, at this peak of quality; Graziano Prà is one of them. He makes a range of Soaves, from the Otto, a brisk, distinctive wine that is a great introduction to the appellation, to the Staforte, Monte Grande and Colle Sant’Antonio bottlings, all different and distinctive. Graziano Prà is one of Italy’s best white wine producers.
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Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Colle Sant’Antonio comes from a variety of old-vine plots around Monteforte Alpone, dried on the vine by cutting the canes a few weeks before harvest. It smells like some kind of orange almond cake, very appealing and distinctive, very concentrated on the palate with about 8-9 grams per liter of residual sweetness. Graziano Prà suggests ‘(it is) ideal with traditional food: liver “alla veneziana”, sarde in saor and baccalà alla vicentina. It also marries well with truffle egg or mature cheese and blue cheese.’
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Made by cutting the shoots and leaving the grapes to dry on the vines for one month for added concentration, this has aromas of graphite, pressed wildflowers, citrus zest and baked apple. Having been fermented and aged in French casks, the wine has a palate that offers dried apricot, candied orange slice, vanilla and steely notes before closing on honeyed nuts. Fresh acidity brightens the rich flavors.
Product size: 750ml