Gini Soave Classico 2020



Soave, pronounced like Rico is at the helm, is the exotic and essential Italian answer to hot summer days.

Soave is a white-wine-growing region that spans from Venice to Lake Garda in Northern Italy. The grape of Soave is the utterly hard to pronounce Garganega (now you know why everyone calls it Soave). Garganega, when planted within the Classico zone of Soave, produces wines of class: elegant, smooth and full-bodied on the palate, combined with crisp, refreshing minerality. If you will, it carries the best characteristics of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc combined.

And today, we have one of the best in Soave to present to you – Gini. Since the 1500s, the Gini family has cultivated its own vineyards and crafted their eponymous wine in the hamlet of Monteforte, Soave. And while the vines aren’t quite 15 generations old like the family that tends them, much of their vineyards are from old, ungrafted vines that survived through the plague of phlloyxera in Europe in the late 19th century. This makes their vineyard over a century old, offering you what Decanter calls, “the perennial summertime thirst-quencher. Brothers Claudio and Sandro Gini make wines of polished refinement and longevity that are rightly considered among the classics of the denomination.” And indeed, I agree:

Their 2020 Soave Classico opens with a delicate nose of cherry blossoms, lilies of the valley and lemon verbena. Joining these flavors on the palate is a sweet marzipan note with refined and lingering notes of Asian pear. This Soave is an example of all that is great about Italian white wine. It is exotic wine, outside of the everyday norm of Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc— like neither one, but immensely pleasing to those who enjoy either. This is Soave at its most expressive, essential for getting Italians through their hot summer days.

Gini’s Soave Classico was always a bargain for the quality of wine in the bottle, and now it’s an absolute steal. Don’t miss this exceptional wine!