Crittenden Estate, Peninsula Pinot Noir
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Grape VarietyGarganega, Soave
StyleFull Bodied & Rich
This 20 hectare estate in the commune of Monteforte D'Alpone in the very heart of the Soave Classico district is run by Graziano Pra. Universally regarded as one of a handful of world-class producers in Soave who have revitalised the region, Pra's 5 wines, all based on Garganega, cover a wide spectrum of styles and flavours. The most celebrated is the opulent Monte Grande, awarded 'Tre Bicchieri' 5 years in a row. Arguably the latest release, the intense, incisive, unoaked 'Staforte' takes the range to new heights but for us the most impressive achievement is the delicious 'basic' Soave Classico, described in the 2007 Gambero Rosso guide as 'an absolutely magnificent wine of which every wine enthusiast should have a few bottles tucked away'. In the winery selected bunches of grapes are softly pressed and fermented at a controlled temperature of around 18 degrees Centigrade. The must is fermented in large Allier oak butts (with a capacity of 15 to 20 hectolitres). The nose is powerful with peach and citrus fruit laced with honey. A touch of acacia blossom and herbs lend a delicate intricacy. The palate is rich and plump with lemon fruit and a nutty almond creaminess. Minerality and good acidity lend a fine, balanced complexity to a voluptuous finish. This is ripe and ready to go!