2019-C Monte Tondo, Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy (750ml)
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It is believed that wine production in the Veneto dates back to the Bronze Age, making it one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. Home to the iconic cities of Venice and Verona, Veneto today is also Italy’s second most prolific region in terms of wine production. There are at least 28 DOCs and 14 DOCGs with Prosecco, Soave, and the red wines of Valpolicella all calling Veneto home. From coastal flatlands to subalpine hills, a vast diversity of microclimates lends to this wine region's uniqueness.
Founded in 1968, the Soave DOC is one of Veneto’s best-known and most esteemed designations for white wine, with the hilly Classico area occupying center stage. A reasonably large growing zone, the Soave DOC includes over 4000 planted hectares, resulting in over 4 million cases of wine annually. Roughly half of these come from a single co-op, but smaller, family run estates have done much since the 1990s to bolster the reputation of the DOC by focusing on Soave’s traditional grape variety Garganega and by emphasizing quality over quantity.
In almost every way, the small, family operated estate of Monte Tondo sets itself apart and represents a true artisanal minority—not only are their wines low yield, single estate and picked by hand, but instead of grapes grown in the vast alluvial flatlands, Monte Tondo’s whites come from various crus on the hillside above the town, each complete with its own unique soil profile. What Gino Magnabosco and his daughter, Marta, are doing in the appellation is quite remarkable, creating tiers of Garganega-driven whites with a wide array of personalities!
This crisp, refreshing white is made from 100% organically grown, dry-farmed Garganega. The grapes were picked by hand, processed and then matured in stainless steel for 3 months—with a subsequent 3 months in bottle before being released.
Pale golden hue. Inviting aromas of citrus, white fruit and wet stone. The palate is delicate, showing apple, lemon flesh and distinct minerality on the bright, juicy finish.