2008 Soave 'Nogare Secche' DOC
Garganega •Soave DOC
What We Say
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Mission Codename: Rico Soave
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Secure an exclusive Soave D.O.C. for our operatives
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Fratelli Giuliari
Wine Subject: 2008 ‘Soave ’Nogare Secche’ D.O.C.
Winemaker: Giuseppe Bassanelli
Soave D.O.C., one of Italy’s best know exported whites comes from the hill-top town of Soave and is made from a combination of Garganega and Trebbiano grapes. These wines are typically light and fresh and as the name indicates smooth. Meant to be enjoyed relatively young, the typical Soave is fermented in stainless steel. The Classico and Superior grades of this wine must be aged for at least a few months before eventual release.
Today’s featured Soave is unique in that half of the Garganega fruit is sun dried prior to fermentation, similar to the grapes used in Fratelli Giuliari’s delicious Amarone. This passito fruit adds a depth of character and richness to a wine that is usually on the lighter side in terms of complexity.
Fratelli Giuliari is rapidly becoming an operative favorite by blending traditional old-world winemaking with innovative modern techniques that reveal the exceptional character of the fruit used in their wines. Today’s delicious 100% Garganega Soave is no exception.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – A crystal clear straw yellow to pale golden in color that becomes slightly more pale along the edges. Golden honey hues reflect through the clear core. When swirled, this wine shows off its springy surface texture and leaves slow thin legs along the side of the glass
Smell – Medium bold for a white, with rich lemon meringue citrus notes layered over orange blossom honey, notes of raw almond, subtle hot spice (pepper) and soft green herbal notes.
Feel – Smooth and rich, this medium weight white is almost dry with good structure, nice creaminess at the mid-palate and bright but balanced acidity, spiciness and minerality that lingers on the tip of the tongue and at the back of the palate.
Taste – Rich, juicy and lively sweeter lemon citrus with honey notes and lingering hot spice and clean mineral notes. The subtle raw almond and green herbs from the nose also make an appearance and adds a unique complexity.
Finish – Clean with lingering juicy rich citrus fruit that fades gracefully leaving behind a long mineral and spice note that invites another sip.
Conclusion – The 2007 Fratelli Giuliari ‘Soave ’Nogare Secche’ D.O.C. is a delicious white wine that is much richer and more complex that the typical Soave. The passito fruit adds a real depth of character to the nose and palate as well as in its texture. While usually Soave is enjoyed before a meal, this wines is a perfect pair with food or to start a meal or to enjoy at lunch.
Recently, we reviewed Fratelli Guiliari’s Amarone della Valpolicella, a style of wine that is Agent White’s first wine love. Below is a recap of the mission report from that wine.
We all have experiences that are the “the tipping point” for our love of wine. This is the story of my first love, or in Italian Il Mio Primo Amore.
About 15 years ago, I had to visit New York City for business (before I had the pleasure of being a Wine Spy). My sister was going to school in the city and at the time was dating a great guy, we’ll call him Agent D who worked in the restaurant business.
We made dinner plans for Italian food and when we arrived at the restaurant, Agent D grabbed the wine list and his eyes lit up. He insisted we try this wine called *Amarone della Valpolicella*.
Now, I grew up with wine – we had wine with just about every dinner – but usually California styles. I had always enjoyed Italian wines but exposure to Italian wines was limited to the big three of Brunello, Barolo and Barbaresco (which, at the time, I could hardly afford); and of course plenty of Chianti. I had never tried Amarone. It was a bit more expensive than I wanted to spend, but I thought, what the heck I’m in NYC and life is good.
The waiter brought over the bottle, opened it up, we made sure it wasn’t tainted and then decanted it. As the wine was being carefully poured into the decanter, I caught a whiff of the aromas of dark fruit and chocolate and I knew at that moment I was in for a treat.
We poured our glasses, swirled and sniffed. The deep and complex aromas filled my head. I could hardly wait to take a sip. As I did and let the intense wine slide over my palate I just closed my eyes, savoring the moment before swallowing. The flavors lingered for what seemed an eternity. At that point, wine took on a new meaning for me – I was lost in the moment – a most delicious one.
A special thanks to Agent D, you know who you are, for introducing me to Amarone which ultimately lead me into my career in the wine business.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the Fratelli Giuliari near Verona, Italy can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
About This Wine:
An unusual Soave, obtained from 50% of “passito” (sun-dried) fruit. This style usually associated with dessert wines, give this 100% Garganega white wine, an extra kick of boldness and richness on the palate. The nose shows both the classic fruity, floral tones of this varietal, mixed in with a slight herbaceous note and a scent of honey. On the palate it’s round, full, juicy and rich, with a great acidity balancing everything out. A long finish closes with notes of sweet almonds and honey. A great white meat pairer
About The Winery:
In the evocative district deputy head to the village Right altomedievale of Santa Giustina, to the doors of the country of Illasi, rises the cellar of the Fratello Giuliari.
In a charming main court of the eighteenth century, Titian and Carlo Giuliari with the sons Juri and Andrea, every day dedicate themselves with passion to an activity that more hundred-year-old accompanied them you of this branch of the family Giuliari. Luigi Giuliari, grandfather of Titian and Carlo, to the dawn of the twentieth century, already took care of jealously the wine from him produced. And ‘to quest’ chronological height in fact that the historical farmstead, that had been of property of the count Paolo Trezza, goes in property to the family Giuliari. Titian, that often fascinates in the to trace the genealogies, true or assumed of its family, loves to collect the depositions dell’ origin of the actual surname.
Giuliari is the surname of an ancient of Verona family that, in documents of the fourteenth century, appears in the Olive shapes, Oleariis, Uliaris and then Iuliarius. To the base it was yourselves the Latin limit of diversion Olive, name of occupation of someone that sold oil become then surname of the descendants.
That the family Giuliari is really ancient and possibly a considerable tradition to Verona is testified from the summonses that the Cartolari, an important scholar of the genealogies scaligere, does some Giuliari in its scholarly work of 1854 naming Bartolomeo Giuliari (1761-1842) l’ last “Provveditor of Comun” dell’ Venetian administration and Giovan Baptist Carlo Giuliari (1810-1892) considerable scholarly figure of monk and sculptor.
On via XX September, in the Verona center, it is raised then Palace Giuliari, today university seat, a time possession of the family and seat of a’ important scholarly collection of texts. Of everything these historical details make proud the Giuliari that did some respect for the one ancestors of the strong elements of their tradition.
The cellar of the Fratelli Giuliari is known also with the name of ‘Small Barrel’. This name translation was chosen the proverb “in the old barrel is the good wine” replacing old with small to underline another side of their story namely that of to be a cellar of modest dimensions but in a position of to produce the “good wine”. And’ the quality in fact l’ other fixed nail in the objective of Titian, Carlo, Juri and Andrea. From the Fifties and Sixty, when still all it is done to hand and while Carlo immersed the empty bottles returned to them in warm water to make to detach the labels (were the times of the postwar period and re-uses and not to throw away anything) and Titian went to sell with a funny red van, the Giuliari always had like first dream that to produce recognizable wine for the quality more Quantity.
Region: Soave D.O.C.
Varietals: 100% Garganega
Residual Sugar: 1.8 g/lt
Winemaking: 50% de-stemmed & soft pressed / 50% dried & pressed; 100% Malo Fermentation; 100% Stainless Steel; NO FINING / NO FILTERING