Soave Superiore DOCG Il Casale
Balanced, Complex Bouquet, Elegant, White Flowers
Azienda Agricola Vicentini
A Soave where the natural clean acidity and freshness is still present.
The old vines and late picking bring out the latent richness of the grape and an oak ageing to round out this full fleshy wine.
Food Match: Excellent with nourishing first courses and grilled meats.
This vintage has been awarded 3 bicchieri by Gambero Rosso, following on from the 2013, 2014, 2015 vintages, as shown on the producers page. A truly outstanding wine!
Jancis Robinson has recognised the outstanding quality of Il Casale in her Wine of the Week in March 2016 and giving it a 17.5 Pts: "Pale straw. Strongly saline and smoky. Green fruits and citrus, very tight and crisp with a strong saline finish. Really crisp and smoky but chalky too, there’s friction but not grain. Fabulous intensity and length".
The family Vicentini produce their well regarded wines in the Val d‘Illarsi, in the Soave and Valpolicella region. Agostino works with his wife Teresa and their children Emanuele and Francesca, and they produce wines from three very distinct terroirs, at two very different altitudes. The first terroir is on volcanic rock within the Valle dei Ciliegi (valley of cherries), this land is largely responsible for their Valpolicella and Soave Casale. The second is on limestone in the commune of Terrelunghe, where Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave are grown.
Both of these terroirs are at relatively low altitudes, under 100m above sea level. The Valpolicella, Piazzo di Campiano comes from one of the highest vineyards in Valpolicella, at an altitude of over 400m. The rock is limestone with pitifully thin topsoils, only local red varieties are planted here and this is where Agostino’s father and his family moved away from a few years before the second world war. It was a very difficult time, where poverty and hunger forced many families to emigrate.
Agostino was early to bottle his own wines and was also the first to return to viticulture in Campiano; those very same hills whose fortunes have now changed, thanks to a combination of climate change and a total transformation in the way the world enjoys wine, high altitude red is now treasured.https://www.facebook.com/vicentiniagostino/