Pra 2016 'Staforte' Soave Classico DOC
Item Number: 11873
Sub Region: Soave
Appellation/AVA: Soave Classico DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Garganega
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
Elevation: 490-650 feet
Staforte is a selection of the best Garganega bunches from vines ranging between 30 and 60 years old. Graziano Prà has been producing Staforte since 2004. It is a complex and outstanding Soave Classico.
Pruning System: Pergola Veronese and Guyot
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are softly pressed before undergoing fermentation at 54-58 degrees Fahrenheit. The wine ferments and matures in stainless steel vats with regular batonnage (mixing of the lees) for 6 months. Batonnage is automatically done one time per hour using a special paddle installed in the tanks. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation. It then ages for at least 12 months in bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: Staforte is rounder than Otto but still delicate and refreshing. The mineral content of the volcanic terrains on which the vines grow brightly shines through on the palate. This is a complex and taut wine with texture, length and crisp acidity. Flavors and aromas are reminiscent of citrus, almond, apricot, white flowers, and apple. Pair Staforte with raw fish dishes, oysters, and lobster. White meat and pesto pastas are also good choices.
About the Name: Staforte is the old name of the town in which Graziano was born: Monteforte d’Alpone.
91pts (2015 Vintage) Vinous 6/2017
"Notes of chamomile and honey complicate ripe orchard fruit aromas on the nose. Enters rich and ripe, then turns fresher, showcasing lively citrus and apple pie flavors thanks to juicy acidity. Finishes with lingering echoes of sweet orchard fruit. This is always one of my favorite wines from Prà, but as good as this 2015 is, Staforte can be even better."