2013 Le Battistelle "Roccolo del Durlo" 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) Vini Buoni d'Italia ranked Battistelle's Roccolo del Durlo Soave Classico with its Top Score of a Gold Crown. (8/2015)

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By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
The "Roccolo del Durlo" comes from over 100-year-old vines from red iron laden clay, volcanic and sand stone soils. This is old vine fruit at its finest expressing so much terroir. Intense aromas of smoke, almond skin and apples and so much flavor intensity of yellow fruit, wet stones and flint on the palate. With higher acidity and great texture this is a perfect pair for linguine and clams or any seafood dish.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
A little more serious than it's little brother the Roccolo Del Durlo is singing right now. Big notes of yellow flowers, dense tropical and stone fruits. The palate shows great weight and texture. The fruit and florals of the nose fall away in favor of more mineral and tamed herbaceous quality. This cries out for food and makes me hungry just thinking about it.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
There's something about old vine fruit that just gets me every time. From great sites, those vines add something layered and finer to the wine. You can feel it here in the Roccolo del Durlo. Unctuous, with succulent citrus rind and quince notes that have a deep flinty finish. It is reminiscent of a wine that floats between a great Saumur Blanc (Chenin) and a 1er Cru Chablis. Even great for some short term aging.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2015 | Send Email
Far more impressive, concentrated and complex than any Soave I have ever come across. Greg has found a real gem here. This wine comes from Batistelle's highest and oldest block of vines. The low yielding vines and elevation of the site give wonderful concentration and layers of flavor. White florals, greengage plum, fresh cut parsley. Wonderful texture, minerality and length on the palate. Exceptional value for such a complex wine.
Top Value!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
The 2013 Le Battistelle Soave Classico “Roccolo del Durlo” vineyard is the a mix of tufo, basalt and clay but is so dark it’s called “Le Carbonare” referring to the coal like color it has. Gelmino took me out in this vineyard to show me a whole section of the vineyard that were vines more than 100 years old, incredible to look at but even harder to imagine. I love this wine, the nose is full of spice, white flower and on the palate it has a certain depth, I balk at saying power because it is so delicate but it does have staying power and it ages very well for up to 10 years.
Drink from 2015 to 2023

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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