Cà Rugate, Soave Classico (Veneto, Italy) Monte Fiorentine 2016

($20): This wine ticks all the right boxes.  Cà Rugate is a top Soave producer. Monte Fiorentine, a single-vineyard bottling from their old vineyards with vines that are approximately 50 years old, according to Francesco Ganci, their Italian commercial direction, is their top Soave.  And 2016 is an excellent vintage in Soave because the wines have exhilarating acidity.  It delivers minerality, reflecting the vineyard’s dark volcanic soil.  A mouth-watering salinity balances a slightly waxy texture.  Its racy character becomes more apparent after a half-hour in the glass, so give this youthful wine time to show itself.
91 Michael Apstein Sep 19, 2017