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Suavia Trebbiano di Soave Massifitti 2016


This is one of those fantastic wines that transcends varietal– delivering world-class intensity and a completely unique expression. It has all the intricacies you could possibly want. Aromatics, stone fruits, minerality, flintiness, harmony and pureness, all in a sexy package ready to be discovered.

The wine is made by the three Tessari sisters, Valentina, Meri and Alessandra. Together, the trio learned everything from their grandfather Guiseppe, who taught them to tend the land and how to make indigenous varietals with soaring aromatics and wonderfully minerality.

They run Suavia, a winery that along with all-time greats like Elena Walch and Elisabetta Fagiuoli have helped lead the charge in Italian white wine. The Tessari sisters have picked up almost a cult following in Soave, with their incredible lineup of wines. Their Trebbiano di Soave is a local sensation, which was first concocted by the sisters themselves. It’s in the same genetic family as Verdicchio. As Parker’s Wine Advocate notes, “The first vintage was 2008, and at the time, no one considered making a monovariety Trebbiano di Soave wine in the region. Suavia was the first.”

This wine is so good and so popular that even at 1500 cases produced a year, (400 cases land stateside) it completely sells out in a few months time– either before or just as the big scores roll in each vintage. Aged with the lees for 15 months, these super expressive white wines are released a few vintages late but remain excellent upscale wines for nearly a decade after release.

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94 Points, James Suckling
“This opens nicely to reveal fresh sage and thyme, green apples and citrus. The acidity is so sharp, it could cut your palate in two and the mineral undertones are deep and juicy. Tons of oyster shell and gunpowder. So minerally on the finish.”

93+ Pts, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
This is a terrific white wine, hands down. It is so fine and silky, and you can anticipate beautifully ashy flint and crushed mineral on the close. The 2016 Trebbiano di Soave Massifitti is especially soft and smooth in this vintage and has a generous bouquet that pours out citrus, peach and honeydew melon. Trebbiano di Soave really shows its definition and dimension here, and the Tessari sisters of Suavia truly have created a wine that occupies its own class. Winemaking is executed in stainless steel (with 15 months of lees aging). I would reserve a bottle like this for a precious flaky fish, such as thick filets of wild Alaskan halibut. Some 20,000 bottles were made, but happily, these numbers are sure to increase now that Suavia is adding two more hectares of vines to the Massifitti program.

Suavia is run by the Tessari sisters: Valentina, Meri and Alessandra. One of their top wines (and a personal favorite of mine) is the Trebbiano di Soave Massifitti (I have reviewed the 2016 vintage here). An additional two hectares of land within the Soave Classico appellation were recently acquired, and Suavia has planted them entirely to Trebbiano di Soave in order to expand the Massifitti program. The first vintage was 2008, and at the time, no one considered making a monovariety Trebbiano di Soave wine in the region. Suavia was the first. This estate is located in the tiny hamlet of Fittà, with 20 hectares of vines located approximately 300 meters above sea level in volcanic soils. -Wine Advocate

93 Points, Vinous Media
Medium dark yellow. Enticing aromas of pear, sweet herbs and balsamic oils on the fresh, vibrating nose. Then rich and dense but with a laser beam of acidity really lifting and extending the gingery flavors of white and yellow fruit on the long, clean and spicy aftertaste. A lovely wine. The autentico (“authentic”, in English) on the label refers to the fact that Suavia bottles the authentic Trebbiano di Soave (a local biotype of Verdicchio), not Trebbiano Toscano or other lesser Trebbiano varieties.


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