Soave is the Italian white wine that is all the rage. They’re crisp, light, refreshing and fuller-bodied than another well-known Italian white, Pinot Grigio. (Read Move Over Pinot Grigio, Here Comes Soave to get the gist of Soave).
The Fattori family has been farming their hillside vineyards since the turn of last century, when Antonio Fattori planted vines near a village called Terrossa. Currently, Antonio’s grandson, Antonio Fattori, is the winemaker at the winery, who, in addition to four Soaves, produces a sparkling wine, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.
The Fattori Danieli Soave DOC is crafted from 100% Garganega [gahr GAHN negga] grapes, some of which were harvested late, giving the wine more body, higher alcohol (but it’s still only 13%) and a tiny swath of sweetness. Medium-bodied and decidedly fresh, it bursts with lime, lemon, fresh hay, pear, apricot, bitter almond, wet stone, and lip-smacking acidity. Excellent for a glass before dinner and definitely with dinner.
Sweetness: 1 out of 10
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Price: $17 – $20
Occasion: Sample sent from the Soave Consortium
Availability: High end and independent wine shops
Food pairing: Fresh goat cheese, sushi, shrimp sauteed with a citrus or curry sauce, Indian dishes with yogurt sauce