2017 PRA "OTTO" SOAVE CLASSICO
The terroir in Monteforte d’Alpone in Soave features classic, very black, volcanic soils which help to impart an underlying power and minerality to the wines. And as Ian D’Agata of Vinous Media points out, “Prà is especially adept at ensuring the wines also showcase a remarkable degree of finesse.” Much of the plantings were done in the late 70’s, so the average vine age is quite high, especially for the region. Additionally, Graziano was one of the first to see the higher potential of certain sub-parcels in the appellation – for both complexity and ageability – and began producing vineyard-designated wines in Soave early on before it became popular in the region among the better producers. His single-parcel, Monte Grande, in fact was first produced in 1988, and he has since added two other special “Garganega Selection” Soaves, Staforte and Colle Sant’Antonio, each with its own unique formula both in the vineyards and the cellar.
The Soave line-up begins with the Otto, which is a blend of multiple parcels between 30 and 60 years old, and aged on its lees in tank for 4-5 months. The Staforte is next, and it is a selection of choice Garganega bunches from the vineyards located on the top of the hills (Froscà, Froscarino, Ponsara and Val dell’Acqua), and aged on its lees in tank with batonnage for a minimum of 6 months and then for at least 12 more months in bottle. (Importer)
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