Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cantina de Monteforte "Re Teodorico" Soave 2009

Soave, Veneto, Italy (wine review and rating)

Cantina de Monteforte "Re Teodorico" Soave 2009

Origin: Soave, Veneto, Italy
Blend: Garganega (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.0%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: September 2011
Suggested Retail Price: $9.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Bright yellow with gold highlights, this wine has aromas of citrus, green apple and herbs, with notes of spice and a hint of lemongrass. The flavors on the palate have a similar profile and are reasonably well-rounded. The finish is fairly short, but clean and refreshing.

Our rating: There is a lot of character and depth to this wine, so much so that — and somewhat to our surprise — we were a little unsure how to describe what were tasting, and constantly revising our notes as a result. We enjoyed our bottle with Tuscan-herbed chicken and roasted potatoes, a nice pairing … but also one that could have influenced how we perceived the wine. This is one of those cases where the wine seems to adapt to the meal being consumed, an interesting aspect. We think it probably pairs best with lightly seasoned poultry and vegetable dishes, though we wouldn't be adverse to trying it with pork. Overall, we rate it on the high side of Above Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: Color (Visual): Clear, bright straw yellow. Aroma (Nose): Notable nose of violets and almonds. Taste (Palate): Vibrant and sapid with a characteristic aftertaste of almonds.

Winery website: Cantina di Monteforte.

This bottle of wine was received as a sample for review. No promise was given or implied that it would be the subject of an endorsement or review, either positive or negative.

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