Prime Brume Soave
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1
The Prime Brume Soave is a light, golden straw color that is both clear and bright. Easily identifiable tropical fruit aromas of ripe honeysuckle, banana, and a little pool toy or petrol as well. On the palate the wine has a very clean feeling. The wine just gives you a since of purity, like spring water versus tap water. Very refreshing dry white wine that is layered and complex with soft tropical fruits like honeysuckle and banana on the front of the palate followed by a little of that Riesling-like petrol or rubber hose characteristic that is so fun to identify. Just close your eyes and think about a rubber hose while allowing the wine to linger on the palate for a moment. I promise you will pick it up.
The Prime Brume Soave has medium plus acidity that balances out the soft fruitiness that you get on the front of the palate, creating layers of complexity, balance, and structure. This is what it is all about, folks. Wine that gives, gives, and gives some more. For under $15 this is out of this world so I recommend that you put down the Pinot Grigio and grab some Soave. Cheers!
Tansey’s Blind Rating – 92 Points
Tansey’s Golden Jug Award
Wine Selection – Prime Brume
Vintage – 2014
Style – Dry White Wine
Varietals – Garganega
Region – Soave DOC, North East Italy
Alcohol – 11.5%
Food Pairing – Shellfish, seafood, sushi, chicken salad, cucumber sandwich http://tanseyreviews.com/2016/08/26/ciabatta-cucumber-sandwich-and-mediterranean-salad/
What is Soave?
Soave, pronounced So-Ah-vey or so-wah-vaay, is a sub region of the larger Veneto region in North East Italy. The town is built around a castle named Castello di Soave that is the jewel of the region. Soave is considered a Classico region, meaning that the wine comes from the classic areas of production where the vineyards are planted on hillsides and slopes. There was a big push for Soave in the 70s and 80s and the vineyards spread to the flat lands where they are considered just Soave. Soave Classico is typically made in the traditional Italian style that incorporates oak aging and the use of traditional corks. The (regular) Soave region is typically more modern in syle with stainless steel fermentation and screw caps. Both are amazing and deliver great value. The main grape varietal used in Soave is Garganega and is sometimes blended with minor amounts of Trebbiano di Soave. These wines are perfect with seafood or some light chicken dishes, but they are also just delicious on their own. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1