2014 Le Battistelle "Roccolo del Durlo" Soave Classico SKU #1288301


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  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2014 Le Battistelle Soave Classico “Roccolo del Durlo” vineyard is a mix of tufo, basalt and clay but is so dark it’s called “Le Carbonare,” referring to the coal-like color it has. Gelmino took me out in this vineyard to show me a whole section of the vineyard that were vines more than 100 years old, incredible to look at but even harder to imagine. The nose is full of sweet quince and Bosc pear aromatics with a cinnamon and baking spice finish. The palate is dense, rich, oily yet so delicate at the same time, that’s the volcanic minerality giving lift, focus and drive to the wine on the palate. Powerful flavors, focused minerality and a decisive, long, lingering finish. 12.5% ABV
    Drink from 2017 to 2024
  • Adam Winkel
    By: Adam Winkel
    K&L Staff Member
    Okay, they had me at "100-year-old vines" and "volcano". This has more generously ripe flavors than a basic Soave with lemon curd and honeydew melon up front, transitioning into subtle herbs with a drop of honey. The volcanic ash minerality gains strength with aeration and couples with bright acidity to transition into the finish. This is the style of white wine that really gets my attention and respect with incisive terroir, texture, purity, drinkability, and no need to be propped up with new oak. I have a feeling this would do nicely with some short-term cellaring and add palate weight and really emphasize the mineral underneath its fleshier young profile. It's amazing that this producer's "premium" bottling is only $15.99. I hope their wines become a staple here.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    "Roccolo del Durlo" is a picturesque vineyard comprised of very old vines planted on the hillside of an inactive volcano. The resultant wine is medium-bodied with a wonderful richness that surrounds a base of honey, apple, melon, salty minerals and solid acidity. It's a lot of wine considering its modest price and an impressive effort from a challenging vintage. Especially good with shrimp, scallops, mild fish and chicken dishes.


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