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A lovely example of this famous wine, made from organicaly cultivated hillside vineyards. Its tight mineral style, fresh citrus fruit and bright dry finish have been delighting members for many vintages.
Product Code: IT29361
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In 1971 Giovanna Visco and her husband Giuseppe decided to retire from teaching to breathe new life into Giovanna’s family’s estate: a property with cellars in the old walled village of Soave that had lain dormant for over 30 years. Today their children, Alberto and Chiara, are in control of the day-to-day running and are the head and heart of the place. They are fully aware that the ingredients for a great wine come from the land itself. Around 30 hectares of immaculate vineyards are planted in the Soave Classico zone around Castelcerino (200-350m above sea level) on perfectly exposed hillsides. The garganega grape variety from this location is prized for its ripeness and natural acidity when it ripens slowly, allowing for exceptional flavour development. Coffele’s wines often go a step beyond their peers, with the hard work and careful attention to detail that is given to the vineyards. The grapes are all hand-harvested using multiple passes through the vineyards to ensure picking at the perfect moment of ripeness. This producer is doing a great job, maintaining standards of Soave that some of their neighbours in the area, with much larger resources, would be proud to achieve. The wines are typically high in finesse with delicate mineral notes.
Three regions constitute this wide and varied area. In the very north-east, abutting Slovenia and Croatia lies Friuli-Venezia Giulia. South and east of Venice spreads the broad swathe of the Veneto, one of Italy’s main wine producing areas in terms of volume. Finally, falling from the foothills of the Dolomites is Trentino-Alto Adige.Since the 1970s Friuli-Venezia Giulia has earned a fine reputation for high-quality white wines and a burgeoning one for reds. Most of the estates here are family owned with some co-operatives dotted around. Much of the inland area is hilly or mountainous with flatter vineyards sited around the Isonzo River as it comes down to the sea. The two principal white wine making areas are the Friuli Colli Orientali in the north-west and Collio Goriziano in the centre and east around the curve of the Slovenian border. The Orientali vineyards are in the lee of the Julian Alps and are cooler than the vineyards of Collio Goriziano though they are protected from northerly winds and have a more continental climate. They sit at altitudes of between 330 and 1200 metres on soils that were once beneath the ocean, so marl and sandstone predominate. The Collio Goriziano vineyards enjoy slightly greater influence from the Adriatic to the south, though the cool air draining from the higher ground in the north plays its part, and the vineyards sit upon the many steep slopes in this hilly country.Pinot grigio was an early success here and is still widely made, but chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot bianco have joined local varieties like tocai fiuliano, picolit and verduzzo in producing some of Italy’s freshest and most interesting white wines. Local varieties like schioppetino and refosco have struggled to find an audience outside of the region in the past though this is changing, and some Bordeaux blends from the Grave region of free draining alluvial soils are making people sit up and take notice.Trentino-Alto Adige was once part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and in the northern parts of the province (Alto Adige) German is still widely spoken. Indeed, the architecture, food and customs owe much to their Teutonic roots and there are elements that remain in the vineyards that echo a Germanic past. Riesling is planted here and the village of Tramin gave its name to the gewürztraminer grape which is now so widely planted in another region with Germanic influences, Alsace. To reinforce that comparison, sylvaner, muscat, müller-thurgau and pinot gris (grigio) are also to be found here. Alto Adige is also known as the Süd-Tyrol (South Tyrol) and lies on the border with Austria and is Italy’s most northerly wine region. Here the vines grow in the foothills of the Alps, on the lower slopes along the Adige Valley. Altitudes vary between 200 and 1000 metres. White wines made the reputation of the region for their lively, fresh purity but reds are grown here too. Schiava and the burlier lagrein are the indigenous varieties much used here, though bracing cabernet sauvignon and merlot wines are made from plantings that can struggle to ripen and escape some greenness. Some very fine pinot noir wines are having an impact for their high-class and poise.The Veneto is something of a vinous bread basket. The soils are fertile, which is not usually propitious for fine wine production, and officially permitted yields are unacceptably high. The region produces enormous quantities of everyday wines for exporting and blending but also embraces the Valpolicella region where the jewel in the crown is Valpolicella Amarone, the sweetly rich, full-bodied expression of semi-dried corvina and rondinella grapes that is sought after the world over. Though bulk production, particularly through large and highly-efficient co-operatives, is still prevalent the improvements in winemaking and viticulture are clear, and there are many producers in formerly workaday DOCs like Valpolicella and Soave who are turning their corvina, rondinella, garganega and trebbiano di lugana (turbiano) grapes into vinous gems. Prosecco is also produced here from the glera grape in the hills around Conigliano almost due north of Venice, and is something of a worldwide phenomenon in terms of sales volume. As ever, there is a lot of basic fizz but the producers who take a little more care in vineyards and wineries are making delicious bubblies at all price levels.
"Above average Soave with good citrus fruit freshness, balanced acidity and a medium length finish but not in the same league as the Pieropan."
"Above average Soave with good citrus fruit freshness, balanced acidity and a medium length finish but not in the same league as the Pieropan."
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"I can only imagine I was drinking another wine to everyone else. The bottle I bought tasted of little more than a homemade tang of dead yeast. The nose and other flavours hint of a good wine, but lacked the strength to shout through. My guess is that I got the bottom of the barrel!"
Mr Iain McDonald (22-Aug-2020)
"Thoroughly enjoyable. Pale gold, Apple and stone fruit on the nose. Apple and some herb on the pallet. "
Mr Tom Rodger (06-May-2020)
"I'd sort of agree with the other reviewer. I think there are better Italian whites at this price point. Perhaps slightly too appley for my taste. Had this as part of the recent Italian White mixed case, and pleased to try Soave again (maybe 10 years since I last tried one). I do like the regional mixed cases though as a very good way to explore beyond one's regular purchases. "
Mr T Penn (24-Feb-2020)
"As an aperatife it was a little too acid with a long and earthy finish. However, paired with a mushroom and chestnut rotolo it became balanced and fruity (apples and pears) and very pleasant to drink. I presume the fact it is organic puts up the price; it's a wine I would recommend but there are better examples at less cost."
Mr Roger Brooke (18-Jan-2020)
JancisRobinson.com (25th Jul 2019)
Smoky and meaty, with subtle sage-like herbal notes and apple fruit. Spicy and
smoky sage and apple palate with phenolic grip, a touch of salt and a
medium-long finish. - Tim Jackson"
"Delightful aperitif. Ripe and fresh with more complexity than you might imagine. Definitely recommended. "
Mr Tom Rodger (21-Jun-2019)
"Crisp green fruits and full of brightness
Nose : Lemon groves, unripe pear, citrus fruits
Taste : Green apple, lemon zest, lemon juice"
Mr Alex Downham (19-Jun-2019)
"Lovely Soave. Subtle delicate but rounded flavour and none of that sharpness. Good value"
Mrs Christine Bennett (14-Jun-2019)
"I would't be without a few bottles of Coffele in my cellar if I could help it. The 3 litre box fits will in the frig as well... A good house white. "
Timothy Pyper Esq (09-May-2019)
"Love this delightfully delicate white. Soave can so often be quite dull and lack any real depth but this is exceptional. Refreshing and light, it's a real treat as an aperitif. Vegan, which is a big bonus. Recommended."
Mr Nicholas Morrow (22-Dec-2018)
"I'd definitely drink this again. Its a lovely wine but its not the most amazing Soave Classico I've tasted. It 's very well rounded but not sure it has enough "zing" to really stand out for the price. "
Mr Mike Robb (16-Dec-2018)
"I found this so "subtle and understated" that it faded into anonymity."
Alan Midgley Esq (09-Aug-2018)
"I don't particularly like Soave, but wow, how they improved over the years. Second purchase as for the price, was so impressed first time around, good bite and lovely aromas.
On my regular list now."
Mr Gordon Fox (01-Aug-2018)
"Colour: Pale straw.
Aroma: Soft and very pleasant, lemon, lime, melon, apple, a saline and mineral quality with just a touch of honeysuckle sweetness.
Taste: Dry and subtle, med-bodied, fresh, brisk acidity. Wonderfully balanced, citrus and almond/marzipan flavours with a creamy texture, smooth finish and good length after-taste.
Overall: So enjoyable, aromatic and flavoursome but in an understated way. Fresh, rounded, easy-drinking. Enjoyed on its own, great value, highly recommend."
Mr Gabriel Higgins (13-Jul-2018)
Rotherham Advertiser (2nd Sep 2019)
"A nice, nutty,
scented wine. - David Clay"
"A very refreshing wine. There is neutral green fruit on the nose, fresh acidity and riper fruit on the palate. Simple flavours of ripe pear and green apple followed by a distinct almond finish make this an enjoyable wine, particularly at 12.5% abv."
Mr Peter J Ford (18-May-2018)
"Lovely light mid palate pear and tropical fruit that seems to go on a long time as the slightly salty finish tightens. Quite interesting, very enjoyable."
Mr Alan Guy (20-Feb-2018)
"Pale straw colour. Nice acidity and very balanced. Very good Soave. White fruit finish"
Mr Tom Rodger (22-Oct-2017)
"White fruits. Good acidity. Very balanced medium bodied. Good value 7/10"
Mr Tom Rodger (13-Sep-2017)
"Traditionally, Soave is a safe, dry white wine. Periodically, there is an article arguing that Soave can be exciting in the right hands etc. So I tried this one. It's fine, medium bodied, round, some pear like flavours, but it's still not very exciting."
Rev Robert Stanier (10-Jun-2017)
Decanter (4th Apr 2018)
"With the 2014 vintage
Coffele's vineyards were the first in the Classico zone certified organic. This
current Castel Cerino bottling, a cru, balances subtle stone fruit and
mineal-like flavours. Lively, with a hint of bitterness on the finish adding to
its appeal. - Michael Apstein"
Liverpool Echo (4th Nov 2017)
"The wine has a lovely
freshness with aromas of citrus fruit and springtime flowers and a vibrant
acidity. - Jane Clare"
The Sunday Times (24th Sep 2017)
"Soave is cultivated
up in the hills that surround Verona, and often produces light, nutty wines.
Light and bright, with pleasing aromas of white fruit, it finishes dry and
saline. Enjoy with a feta cheese salad. - Will Lyons"
Yorkshire Post (16th Sep 2017)
"Giuseppe Coffele is
73 but he still turns up for work at his winery in the heart of Soave town
every day. With 27 hectares of vines at around 260m above sea level based on
limestone, he is definitely in favour of pergola training for Garganega grapes.
His wines have a distinct concentration, vivacity and depth. - Christine Austin"
Decanter (5th Apr 2017)
forward nose: ripely fruity with notes of apple, pear and mandarin. Fleshy and
ripe, floral-toned pear fruit palate with decent acidity and good balance;
finishes well. Outstanding value for money. - Michael Garner"
"I agree entirely with the last review. I have tasted this wine over several vintages and keep hoping it will develop some personality. However each vintage remains dull. Soave should be deliciously lemon fresh and zingy. Try the cheaper Blind Spot garganega for a taste of the real thing."
Raymond A Fulton (15-Jun-2017)
"This is a lovely wine soft and easy to drink. I enjoyed mine with tandoori salmon and it was the perfect partner, cant wait to try in the summer .I have added a couple more bottles to my next order so that says enough."
Mr Terry Bates (21-Feb-2017)
"Very nice indeed. Light and lemony, great with food or without. For choice I'd probably opt for the Society's Verdicchio especially as its a bit cheaper, but that's nitpicking and this is good stuff."
Mr Michael Ahlquist (01-Dec-2016)
"This is a lovely, soft, delicious Italian wine. Not challenging, or harsh, or too acidic. In fact this Soave is slightly off dry but in an elegant and reserved way. My preference is generally for more austere white wines, much dryer, flinty and minimalist but some days I can really appreciate a more gentle approach to life, and on those days this is an excellent choice! Vino biologico too!"
Mr Jonathan Lloyd-Platt (07-Jun-2016)
manchesterconfidential.com (15th Dec 2016)
"... with your smoked
salmon starter ... uncork a bottle of this excellent value estate-bottled
Italian white, full of fruit and finesse but with enough minerality to handle
the smoke. - Neil Sowerby"
Sheffield Profile (1st Dec 2016)
alternative to more traditional choices. Ideal as an aperitif, with smoked
salmon or as the white choice with the turkey."
Belfast Sunday Life (27th Nov 2016)
"Soave is a very
versatile wine and ideal as an aperitif, but also works well with smoked salmon
starters and then will carry on through to the turkey dinner for those who want
to stick with white. - Paula Gracey"
Shropshire Star (23rd Nov 2016)
"Super-smart Soave and
makes a great and wonderfully versatile alternative to more traditional
choices. Ideal as an aperitif, with smoked salmon or as the white choice for
the turkey, this estate bottled Soave is characterful and has a wonderful
purity of fruit. Excellent value."
York Press (19th Nov 2016)
"A slight shift from
the usual Christmas classics ... made from the underrated Garganega grape (and
hailing from the Soave wine region which is so good that it, along with the
more famous Chianti, was the first zone in Italy to be recognized by Royal Decree
as being able to produce fine wines willy-nilly).
A 12.5 per cent dry white, it is one for all types of fish and seafood but
would also blend with turkey and at the same time cut through the lashings of
gravy. It'd probably even make sprouts taste pleasant. ... it's another
high-standard easy drinker, so can be enjoyed before and after the big dinner,
as well as during. - Peter Martini"
Portsmouth News (12th Nov 2016)
"... when it is made
with care Soave is a very versatile food wine. I really enjoyed [this one],
made from the local garganega grape, which is grown organically. It’s very
fresh with lovely hints of apple blossom and almonds, before a nicely-textured
mouth feel, which is well-balanced with refreshing acidity. This is a real
crowd-pleaser which would work with pasta dishes or perhaps cold cuts on Boxing
Day. - Alistair Cooper"
Belfast Newsletter (5th Nov 2016)
"Wine of the week:
Startlingly crisp, nutty and elegantly perfumed. Plenty of lemony zip and
almondy bite with pronounced melon, pineapple and honeysuckle notes on a juicy
palate, it mirrors, if I may quote my beloved, "all the brightness and
boldness of the hopelessly romantic, passion-charged Italian heart." One
to try with seafood or white meat. - Raymond Gleug"
"What a great wine! Had it with some beef carpaccio and a side Greek salad and it was a perfect match. Very fresh and with a good level of acidity it makes an excellent summer drink. Outstanding value for your money!"
Mr Stefano Manganini (02-Apr-2016)
"On the nose apple, but what's more interesting is the nectarine and floral notes. On the palette there's fizzy citrus acidity and cashew nut like richness, quite a big mouthfeel. Right at the end there's a long lingering bitter pink grapefruit acidity. Lots of components that really work well together in this high quality wine, absolute bargain, have already added another bottle to my basket."
Mr Anthony O'Halloran (18-Oct-2015)
"Very drinkable, lots of flavour, refreshing and interesting to drink. Fair value given the competition. Would be one of those quiet unassuming Society bargains if it was a pound a bottle less."
Mr Nigel H D Green (12-Jan-2015)
"A Soave to change your mind about Soave forever. Everything about this wine in the glass belies its price and the Soave reputation. The Coffele label is highlighted in 'The World Atlas of Wine' as an example of Soave Classico that tries harder and the results are impressive. Full in the mouth but with bags of fruity zing and very fresh with a decent length of aftertaste. I'll be buying a case of this with my next order before it goes."
Mr John Dryburgh (14-May-2014)
"Utterly drinkable. Soft acidity and that characteristic almondy edge make this a lovely wine to drink on its own or with delicate food."
Mr Richard Holmes (02-May-2012)
"This is a punchy, fruity little number which serves well as an easy drinking mid-weeker. Loads of apples, melons and possesses reasonable acidity. Pleasant, if disposable."
Mr William Davies (07-Nov-2011)
"Lovely and fresh. Great on its own or with fish"
Mr David Emes (11-Aug-2011)
"This wine is a very austere dry style of Soave. I know there are different syles depending on producer. I prefer the more classical fruitier waxy style with a hint of citrus. The Society should make this clear in the tasting notes which only describe the location of the cellar and vineyard. Is being opposite Pieropan a case of reflected glory?"
Dr Raymond A Fulton (21-Sep-2010)
"Light and rather vague peachy nose, the palate is surprisingly full bodied and develops well with lots of stone fruit flavours. Limited length but for the price this is a delightful wine, extremely drinkable and good value."
Dr Timothy M G Ward (11-Oct-2009)
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