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Gini 'La Frosca' Soave Classico 2012
Wine Enthusiast 94
WE TOP 100 2014 Rank 81
Cellar Selection
"Made from 55-year-old vines, this Soave is one of the flag bearers of the denomination. It opens with enticing floral and mineral aromas together with a whiff of pears. The elegant, linear palate delvers golden apples, citrus, and white peach alongside almond and mineral. It’s already crisp and delicious but it will also age.” – Kerin O’Keefe"

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Size:750mL (wine)
Closure:Cork
Store Item ID:#16258
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Wine Enthusiast 94
WE TOP 100 2014 Rank 81
Cellar Selection
"Made from 55-year-old vines, this Soave is one of the flag bearers of the denomination. It opens with enticing floral and mineral aromas together with a whiff of pears. The elegant, linear palate delvers golden apples, citrus, and white peach alongside almond and mineral. It’s already crisp and delicious but it will also age.” – Kerin O’Keefe"

NYT: 3 stars “The 2012 Gini Soave Classico La Frosca, our No. 2 bottle, was weighty yet energetic, an example of the attractive yet nimble density that can be achieved through barrel fermentation and aging.” – Eric Asimov

Info: Named after the hill from which it comes, La Frosca is 100% Garganega sourced from 6 hectares of 55 year old vines. The juice goes through a soft pressing and immediate cooling of the must. Alcoholic fermentation and aging (on the lees) takes place in both stainless steel and small oak casks (228 L). 1666 cases produced.
About Gini
"These Soaves embarrass most of the industrial swill that emerges from this region." –Robert Parker

The Gini family has roots in the Soave Classico region dating from the eighteenth century, and owns 25 hectares of vineyards situated on the very best hillside position of the appellation. Extremely low yields, low-interference viticulture, and devoted attention to expression of the particular crus results in wines that are not only among the greatest Soaves but also among the great white wines of all Italy. Olinto Gini and sons Sandro and Claudio have now finally completed their beautiful new cellar, which extends deep into the rocky and tufaceous hillside of Monteforte d'Alpone, thus providing optimal natural temperature and humidity control.

Both tradition and the modern are reflected at Gini. The hand-harvested Soave Classicos are 100% Garganega, though many in the zone blend in other varietals to compensate for shortcomings of less-than perfect grapes. Both the Soave Classico and the single-vineyard "La Frosca" (which received 90 pts from Tanzer for the 2006 vintage, and three glasses in the 2008 Gambero Rosso guide) are vinified in stainless steel. The rich, concentrated "Salvarenza", from a tiny plot of 80-year-old vines within the La Frosca vineyard, is matured in barriques (92 pts Tanzer for the 2005 vintage.) The Re Nobilis is a rare representative of a botrytized style Recioto, northern Italy's version of a German TBA, while the Recioto Col Foscarin is a delightful desert wine, also great with cheese.

Vineyard Practices: At the estate, "natural agriculture" is carried out – Gini is certified organic. The vines maintain a low production and adhere to biodynamic standards (pruning occurs in accordance with the moon's phases). Integrated insect and disease control is followed. Insecticides are not used. Copper and sulfur-based products control fungus and manure fertilizes the soil. Spontaneous cover crops (grass cover) are left between the rows of vines, the grass cover is mowed and the turf is left in place (the soil is not tilled). Very low doses of SO2 are added to the wine only after fermentation and before bottling in order to preserve the product.

Farming Practice:Certified Organic
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EMPIRE STAFF REVIEW
Beautiful wine
"This is a stunning white. Focused with an energetic acidity that holds together the delicious and refreshing flavor profile. Notes of pear juice, apple blossom, and salted nuts make for a brilliant companion to a variety of dishes. Made from 100% old vine Garganega, this is a crisp and savory treat."
Posted byAdam on Sep 5, 2015
specific and beautiful
"There are some wines quite specific to a dinner - this is one. Depth not to be expected by a broad market Soave Classico. Terroire plus development in the mouth complement to veal or cod in span."
Posted byVirginia on Nov 2, 2015Verified Purchase
"Crisp apples, juicy pears and fresh summer citrus jump right out at you in this perfect summer white. La Frosca is 100% Garganega and has a smooth finish that site on your palate long after you sip. Unique floral notes and a mellow minerality make this wine a great choice all season long."
Posted byNick on Jun 19, 2014
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