Pra 2018 Soave Classico, Monte Grande, DOC

Pra 2018 Soave Classico, Monte Grande, DOC

Item Number: 14063

UPC: 8-032601850038

Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Sub Region: Soave
Appellation/AVA: Soave Classico DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Monte Grande
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): Garganega / Trebbiano di Soave
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
Elevation: 490 feet

Vineyard Notes: Located in the heart of Soave Classico, Monte Grande is the prized vineyard of the estate. The Prà family has owned Monte Grande for generations with much of the plantings done in the late 1970s. The vineyard is located about 500 feet above sea level. The rich volcanic soil imparts power, minerality and aromatic complexity to the wines, differing from the floral and acid-driven Soave produced from limestone-rich soil. Graziano Prà was one of the first to produce a vineyard designated Soave. His first production of Monte Grande was in 1988.

Trellis: Pergola Veronese (Garganega) and Guyot (Trebbiano)

Harvest Notes: Harvest is manual. The Trebbiano di Soave is harvested in mid-September. During the first waning moon in September, the Garganega vine shoots are cut; the Garganega grapes are left to dry for one month on the vines, which concentrates the juice and acidity. The Garganega harvest occurs in October.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes are destemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs at cold temperatures in large 30-hectoliter casks made of Allier oak. The wine is then left in casks to mature for 10 months. It does not undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine matures in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes: Textural richness meets dynamic, lively acidity in this Soave. Complexity of exotic fruit and fresh yellow citrus fill the mouth along with sweet almond and vanilla. The Garganega grapes harvested at over-ripeness and the Trebbiano di Soave grapes bearing an important acidic profile guarantee great aging potential. Monte Grande pairs nicely with shellfish, fish, quiche, seafood risotto and roasted meat. Ideal served with quiche, seafood risotto and roast meat.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (2/25/2021)

    The 2018 Soave Classico Monte Grande is intense, wafting up masses of crushed stone and mineral tones, dusty florals and notes of green apple. The textures are enveloping, soft and smooth, supported by stimulating acidity and minerals, while ushering in orchard fruits but also a hint of tart tropical citrus, which adds an exotic note. That said, the Monte Grande is more savory than sweet, with an herbal twang through the finale, complemented by hints of raw almond. This is vinified all in stainless steel, mixing 70% overripe Garganega with 30% Trebbiano di Soave, which balances with its elevated acidity, creating a gorgeous expression of Soave.