The Rizzottos organically farm old vines of Garganega and Trebbiano in the rolling hills of Soave, creating high-toned, delicious and ridiculously food-friendly white wines.
The newly released Balestri Valda Soave 2021 is a crisp Italian white that is truly the perfect companion to most anything seafood, Jersey tomatoes and sweet corn. My bet is that if you are drinking Pinot Grigio you need to give Balestri Valda a try. There are no small lot, old-vine Pinot Grigios that exist for anywhere near this price.
Of course it was met with a 90-point score from Italian expert, Eric Guido of Vinous who called this one, “crisply refreshing”.
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90 Points, Vinous
The 2021 Soave Classico of Balestri Valda is sweetly floral and perfumed with nuances of mint and kiwi offset by a twang of lime zest. This cascades across the palate with vividly ripe orchard fruits and sweet spices. A pleasant tension is left to linger, mixing a hint of sour melon with citrus as the 2021 finishes crisply refreshing.
There is no Pinot Grigio in the world that is farmed organically, sourced from old vines on mineral soil and made in tiny quantities and only costs $14.40 a bottle on cases. I don’t understand the business plan yet, but I’ll take it. Crazy good, crazy cheap, stock up!
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Fish, nuts, summer salad