Soave Classico has been one of the most important and popular Italian white wines for decades now. Unfortunately, overproduction has played a large role in diminishing its status. Inama and a handful of producers are making a case for Soave’s return to glory. Delicate aromas of honeydew melon, spiced pear, chamomile and gardenias entice from the glass. The acidity is soft, rounded and unfolds its way toward a mineral forward juicy/silky texture. The finish is crisp, with exit notes of cardamom, and a touch of spice.
Inama is one of those producers who embodies the respect for tradition but is constantly forward thinking. Stefano Inama spent a lot of time talking with long-time local growers about what Soave was like decades ago when it was one of the best-known whites in the world. He learned that Garganega seemed to respond well to some old-fashioned techniques such as longer skin contact and less sulfur usage. Accordingly, intervention during winemaking is now kept to a minimum.