This is a fairly basic Soave from Monte Tondo in north eastern Italy. Made entirely from garganega, it has a herbal aroma with lemon undertones. The palate is dry with no oak and is ready to drink now. Rating: Acceptable. Abv: 12%. Price: <$20. Website: https://www.montetondo.it. Reviewed: December 2019.
This is a sound Soave Classico from Zeni, and a blend of garganega and trebbiano. In the glass, there are aromas of peach and cedar which gives a chardonnay like impression. The palate is medium bodied and dry, with some residual sugar. Pleasant enough, this wine will suit current drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $16. Website: https://www.zeni.it/en/. Reviewed: November 2019.
I tasted this wine blind in a line up of chardonnays: it had a very soft aroma, with notes of minerals, soft citrus, a touch of dank and tinned apples. The palate was similar, and to my palate, a bit dilute. It was in solid company with a petit Chablis, but overawed in a line up including a high quality new world chardonnay. 80 points.
I haven’t tried a lot of Italian Soave (made from the garganega grape in North Eastern Italy), but this wine was really quite interesting and pleasant. An aroma of fresh pears, apples, stone fruit kernels with an oily/nutty element too. Similar, quite viscous, palate. 85 points.