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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Gini 'Salvarenza' Soave Classico 2014
97  Decanter 
Decanter 97 "If Sandro Gini’s exquisite wines are not better known, it might have something to do with his self-effacing modesty, or perhaps with the generally low expectations that the outside world holds of Soave. The Contrada Salvarenza Vecchie Vigne is anything but the stereotypical simple,
Item Number: 28668
Bottle:$27.95
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Gini 'La Frosca' Soave Classico 2015
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94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94 Editor's Choice "Hands down one of Italy's best whites, this boasts alluring white flower and yellow stone fruit scents. The enveloping, delicious palate delivers white peach, mature pear, ginger and lemon drop flavors. Fresh acidity brightens the creamy flavors while a mineral
Item Number: 28394
Bottle:$20.95
Case: $251.40
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Gini Soave Classico 2016
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90  Vinous Media 
Wine Spectator 90 WS TOP 100 2017 Rank 69 "A lithe, light-bodied white, with racy acidity and a subtle steak of mineral, layered with nectarine, melon and pink grapefruit pith flavors. This is well-nit, with a lingering, slight spiced finish."  Vinous Media 90 "Pale golden-tinged straw. Apple

Gini 'Salvarenza' Soave Classico 2013
97  Decanter 
Decanter 97 "Broad, ripe and fleshy with ripe yellow plums, integrated oak and notes of flowers, saffron and anise. The palate shows amazing freshness and a long, jewel-like, mineral-toned finish. Made partly with fruit from 100-year-old ungrafted vines."  Wine Advocate 93 "In terms of

Gini 'La Frosca' Soave Classico 2014
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93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "Shows green mango with lime and wet stone. Full and fresh with a persistent finish. Oily and rich. Ripe wine. Beautiful. A big wine but fresh at the same time. Drink now. Publish Date: Monday, November 21, 2016"  Wine Enthusiast 92 Cellar Selection "This enticingly fragrant

Gini 'Salvarenza' Soave Classico 2012
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92+ "A beautiful wine, the 2012 Soave Classico Contrada Salvarenza Vecchie Vigne represents one of the best wines made in this appellation. The aromatic intensity is remarkable but the wine wins most of its points in the mouth, where it shows thick, smooth consistency. The finish is

Gini 'Salvarenza' Soave Classico 2011
95  James Suckling 
James Suckling 95 "Wow. This shows really impressive concentration yet it is vivid and lively. Full body with masses of fruit and tangy acidity. It lasts for minutes on the palate. Superb.”"  About: 100% Garganega sourced from 5 hectares of 60 and 100 year old vines. These are the oldest

Gini 'La Frosca' Soave Classico 2013
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93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 Cellar Selection "Year in year out, this wine is always one of the best Soaves and the 2013 is no exception. Elegant and impeccably balanced with vibrant acidity, it delivers crisp yellow apple, Bartlett pear, creamy white peach, almond and lemon zest sensations. Notes of saline

Gini 'La Frosca' Soave Classico 2012
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94  Wine Enthusiast 
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

Gini 'La Frosca' Garganega 2011
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2011 Soave Classico La Frosca shows greater momentum and intensity, with bold tones of apricot and yellow rose. That extra year of bottle aging has added increased complexity and finesse. Drink 2014-2018.  Sandro Gini is one of the most talented winemakers in the Soave

Gini 'La Frosca' Soave Classico 2010
90  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 90 "Gold-tinged yellow. Almond, fresh herbs and ripe pear on the sexy nose. Big, smooth and rich, this balanced Soave has lots of flavor personality and depth. The long finish features building sweetness and complexity."  " 100% Garganega, This wine takes it's name from the

Gini 'La Frosca' Gargenega 2008
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92  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 92 "Ginis 2008 Soave Classico La Frosca is a gorgeous example of first-class Soave. Apricots, peaches, flowers, seashells and light honey meld together in a fabric of inimitable class. The 2008 is a relatively soft, understated La Frosca that impresses for its overall balance and