Azienda Agricola Inama
Soave Classico DOC
Verona, Veneto, Italy
$11.99 -- Twin Liquors, Bee Cave, TX
Color: Medium gold
Nose: Charred wood, honey, pear rind
Middle: Sea air, honeysuckle
Back: A hint of hazelnut
Burns clean?: Yes
Secretly, inside my overarching Washington wine tasting mission, the Italian white experimentation continues.
Ok, it's not secret, 'cause there you are reading this, but look: Pinot Grigio, perhaps the best known Italian white wine, mostly sucks. Largely, it tastes like acrylic with lime juice, no salt on the rim. Whereas by contrast the Greco di Tufo and Falanghina I've tasted lately--wines I'd never heard of before last year--have changed my life forever.
Now this wine didn't do that, but it wasn't bad. This bottle's a little disjointed and watery on the midpalate. But it's ruthlessly refreshing, and way, way better than the Soave I associate with my childhood. That's right, childhood, America; that is how we rolled in the backcountry in the early 80s, with the Soave Bolla.
If you like a delicate but not too complex wine, this will delight you; pair it with salty or shellfishy items, sweet nuts, or lemon vinaigrette-containing things.