The wine regions of north-east Italy have earned a reputation for high-volume, modestly priced wines for easy drinking. However, when we do take the trouble to search, pay a bit more (and not much more) there are some really interesting, characterful offerings. These are usually confined to the ‘classico’ (original) areas of the DOCs. Sunday night’s wine was one of those. I tasted it blind and, helped by a little confusion over location, I was struggling to place it.
The Pieropan ‘La Rocca’ 2009 (13% ABV) was a well-made, well-developed and well-appreciated Soave. Pieropan have justifiably earned a reputation for top quality wines that remind us what good Soave can taste like. Its grape ratio was 85% Gargenaga with 15% Trebbiano di Soave.
Intense yellow/gold in colour with beautiful clarity, the wine indicated some age as did its aromas of developed stone fruits and muted acidity. The acidity showed more on the palate, which had a heavy mouth feel and a long finish. The flavours were again stone fruits, especially peach, but it also had a pleasant finish of almonds which again indicated its well-developed state. The wine was beautifully balanced, well-made and worth taking time over. It would match fuller flavoured white meats, fish and cheeses.
[Richard: from TWS, £19. We blogged the 2010 nearly two years ago. I can’t recall why I saved the earlier wine although it must have been received opinion on ageing potential. Last time I remarked on similarities with Alsace – mouthfeel and body especially – and they are apparent here. Lovely wine which Angie polished off with great relish. One bottle left]