Drinkhacker’s been flooded with Soave of late, and we aren’t complaining: This crisp Italian white is making a huge comeback and is worthy of attention, particularly since it is so affordable. These three wines show what a wide range of styles Soave can exhibit.
2009 Rocca Sveva Soave Classico (pictured)- Crisp and very acidic, almost exactly like a Sauvignon Blanc. Tart with lemon notes and quite intense. Hints of figs on the finish. Very easy drinking but can overpower some foods. Have it with your salad, not your roast fish. Amazing value for the quality. A- / $12
2007 Foscarin Slavinus Soave Superiore Classico – More buttery in style (a la Chardonnay), with lightly sweet dessert notes — creme brulee, bananas — and laced with citrus fruit. Interesting balance, but the creamy body is a little surprising. B+ / $30
2009 Fattori Danieli Soave – Here we see a Soave veering into a Riesling style, with perfumed and aromatic notes overpowering the fruit. Not well balanced, with a tight, green finish. The least impressive of the trio, but proof that Soave has additional tricks up its sleeve. C+ / $13