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Soave Classico, 2017. Ca Rugate San Michele

Soave Classico, 2017. Ca Rugate San Michele

Item #: U0420W1II
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Soave Classico
Vineyard/Appellation: Soave Classico DOC, Italy
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Guava, Kiwi, Apple
Palate: Richly Textured
Finish: Very Long, Sweeping Extract
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Fish, Fowl, Vegetarian/12% Alcohol by Volume

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The history of Ca' Rugate centers around the hills of Rugate in the famed region of the Veneto in northeastern Italy. The Tessari family harvested cherries, plums, peaches, and almonds in the 1930s, and the word Soave was just a town, not a wine destination.

But, it did have an indigenous grape, Garganega, which would become better known than any other fruit. The Tessari's had a few vines of Garganega and decided to try their hand at making wine from it. Others joined in, and a movement began.

Soave became so popular that many of the producers added another, less interesting grape, Trebbiano, which was plentiful and cheaper to grow. When it became its own appellation, Trebbiano was allowed in the blend, but it wasn't mandatory. The Tessari's would have none of that.

In 1986 the third generation produced their first wine Labeled Ca' Rugate, which in Romanian translates into "prayer" made from 100% Garganega, as it is still made today.

The grape is grown on volcanic hillsides where the yields are low and the quality high. It is fermented in stainless steel with a touch of skin contact to give it penetrating mouthfeel. Because of its lively fruit flavors of guava, peach, and kiwi, the added skin contact allows the characters to linger longer on the palate. The impression of weighty flavors are just made to go with a shrimp cocktail or even a Caesar salad.