Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016! #60
Wine Spectator Smart Buy!
90WS - "An expressive white, creamy and lightly juicy throughout, offering flavors of blood orange granita, fresh tarragon, yellow peach and mineral, set in a light-bodied frame. The finish is juicy. Garganega with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Drink now through 2019. " - Wine Spectator, 90 points!
70% Garganega, 15% Sauvignon and 15% Chardonnay.
Roberto Anselmi is widely regarded as one of Italy's leading white wine producers. His grandfather had been forced to sell the family's vineyards in the 1940s and 50s, so his father’s winery relied on bought-in grapes. Roberto's ambition was to buy back the family's vineyards, and he started acquiring hillside vineyards, planted at high density. Currently he has 70 hectares of vines, planted at 6000 vines per hectare and trained to Guyot or permanent cordon, as opposed to the much higher yielding double pergola system common in the region. His clones of Garganega (the white variety of Soave) are the less productive, higher quality ones.
Frustrated by the low quality and general lack of ambition in the Soave region, in 2000 he chose to leave the Soave DOC, and his wines are now labelled as IGT Veneto. "Probably the best property in Soave is my property," he says, "but I don't like bureaucratic logic in my life. No one is focused on the real quality. I use 7000 plants per hectare as opposed to 1200. I have 3 bunches per plant as opposed to 15. These are two different philosophies of life." He takes a quality minded approach, starting in the vineyard, and extending to the cellar where he uses cold maceration and low temperature fermentation.