Gini Soave Classico DOC 2005

Stone fruit characteristics yet losing freshness – disappointing compared to previous tasting of the same vintage.  Yet, all is not lost.  I just purchased another bottle, same vintage same source, and the wine is spot on.  There is a lovely smell of sweet peaches.  The mouth shows the same fresh peach character.  

I had a hunch that the problem with the previous bottle, tasted earlier in the week, my be TCA.  But I wasn’t sure as the corkiness wasn’t over.  Upon retasting the tainted bottle after class I just couldn’t get away from the astringency on the palate, which proposed to me that there might be cork taint.  Alas this I think has been bourne out by the purity of the new bottle.  Hallelujah!  100% Garganega from vineyards averaging 40 years of age; cool fermentation in ss, no malolactic and lees contact for 6 months in tank, Estate bot in Monteforte D’Alpone, brothers Sandro and Claudio Gini 12.5% $17.99 at Traverso’s


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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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