Guerrieri Rizzardi Soave Classico
WHY WE LOVE IT
- “Classico” designated Soave is a relatively rare thing to find nowadays, representing only 15% of the Soave region’s production – “Classico” designated wines are sourced from the (far superior) original hillside plots that were the zone’s standard prior to the massive/controversial expansion of the DOC in the 1970’s.
- Grapes are sourced from two “cru” vineyards – Costeggiola (limestone soil) and Rocca (volcanic soil). The Garanega here is picked when extremely ripe, the Chardonnay is picked early to provide acidic balance, the ancient vine Trebbiano d’Soave lends some heirloom charm.
- Fermented/aged in cement, lees aging provides extra texture. While some of Rizzardi’s peers in the top echelon of Soave Classico focus on aromatics, Rizzardi’s Soave has always been about palate detail and mineral character.
Varietal Composition: 75% Garganega, 20% Chardonnay, 5% Trebbiano di Soave
Elaboration: All grapes destemmed then follow alcoholic fermentation in cement vats for 10 days at between 59 to 61° F. No malolactic fermentation. Aged several months on lees in cement and stainless steel tanks.
Tasting Notes: The estate Soave gives fresh, cool climate fruit on the nose leading into the palate which is light in body, but with good density of fruit. Again cooler citrus and pear fruit and an underlying refreshing mineral character persist on the palate.
Guerrieri-Rizzardi, the historic house in Veneto, dates back to the unification of two ancient estates in 1913, when Carlo Rizzardi from Valpolicella, married Guiseppina Guerrieri of Bardolino. From the 1950s Antonio Rizzardi managed and developed the estates, focusing on viticulture and in the 1970s he acquired the estate in Soave. 2011 saw the opening of the new winery on the hills of Bardolino. The result of a long-term plan to re-locate and modernize the entire production process. Rizzardi’s new winery is completely solar powered, combining the best that technology offers in a carbon neutral way with vineyards that have been in the family for centuries. With extensive holdings of “cru” acreage, the family is well known throughout Europe for their sensational, mineral rich example of Soave Classico, the tension driven Ripasso they produce from Pojega, and most importantly for making one of the most classical and age-worthy examples of single vineyard Amarone in the region.