2013 Le Battistelle "Battistelle" Soave Classico

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Although I’ve always liked Soave, I never really “got” what was going on until I visited for four days in September 2014. I toured the Soave Classico region, which is a different DOC from “regular” Soave, and was just blown away by the stunning vineyards and the incredible soils of the extinct volcano that encompasses it. One of the most unique producers we visited there is Le Battistelle, a very small winery that’s been growing grapes for generations but has only begun to bottle its own wine in the last decade. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2016 | Send Email
Seeing as I tend to drink more white than red wine, I am always on the lookout for interesting and tasty new wines that are going to be good table wines for my house. This wine hits all of those boxes and delivers a lot more than the price tag would have you believe. Wonderfully aromatic on the nose, this wine hints at white stone fruit, apple, and ash from the volcanic soil the vines are grown on. A little smoke in here gives it weight and the minerality helps to drive the wine forward. Despite being at the price of a table white, this wine also can easily be aged, so it is not a bad idea to stock a few.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
Delicious, mouthfilling, stone fruits show generosity, a decidedly savory, volcanic soil marked savor, and loads of freshness. Balance, refreshment, acidity and richness of texture rarely come together in a white wine so inexpensive. Please do not let the price fool you, whether or not you frequently enjoy Italian whites, this deserves a place in your regular rotation!

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
So much schlock in the Soave category, I had low expectations for this one. It was a bit dumb when it we first tasted it, but right now it's absolutely delightful. Open expressive nose without being super fruity or lactic. Honeysuckle, apricot, wet stone and meyer lemon zest. The palate has wonderful lift and great acid, but isn't light per say. The subtle citrus notes continue with a building mineral quality. Total quaffer and priced to drink. Might be the White of the Summer for me...

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
If you are looking to change up your white wine routine, the Le Battistelle is for you. This has enough apricot fruit and rich texture for a Chardonnay lover, but packs the refreshing zip of a racy Sauvignon Blanc. You friends won't believe how little you paid for this!

By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2016 | Send Email
Lemon pith, honeysuckle, spice and green pear with medium plus acidity. This wine is wonderfully refreshing and vibrant, showcasing the unusal terroir of these vineyards (Tufo and Basalt). An easy-going, welcoming wine for anyone- but particularly if you are a bit tired of your usual whites. Wonderful with roasted chicken, grilled shrimp, herbed goat cheese, or fish.
Top Value!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The 2013 Le Battistelle Soave Classico “Battistelle” vineyard is the steepest slope they have facing more southwest and here the soil is basalt rocks that alternate with tufo, in their dialect it’s called Togo. This gives the wine a more savory, salty character; it just makes your mouth water, the nose is full of white flower aromatics, balanced with incredible persistence and 12.5%abv.
Drink from 2015 to 2019

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Other White Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Veneto