Sunday, February 6, 2011

Rating: **+ $ i Stefanini Il Selese Soave, 2008, Veneto, Italy - Wine Review and Rating

By way of background: The i Stefanini Il Selese Soave hails from northeast Italy, area known for the "Soave" wine, made principally from the garganega grape. Il Selese is finished at 12.5% alcohol.

Original Review, October, 2009:

In the glass: Il Selese Soave shows as light yellow in the glass, with golden honey highlights.

On the nose: Served just cooler than room temperature, this soave brings sweet, sharp, steely grass to the nose. Pretty insistent and bright. The polished metal sheen is quite apparent.

On the palate: First note on the palate, interestingly enough, is a super-clean, almost spring-water middle. There's a short quick note of sugar in there too. As you allow it to settle, very gentle sweet peach notes appear, almost as though you have steeped them in the cool spring water, then sprinkled just a drop or two of lemon into the mix.

And the finish: The flavors build and decline gently, staying light and sleek. The finish holds for a bit, then wraps up quite pure.

In summary: This is a gentle ride all the way. It is a bit too delicate throughout for me to become a raving fan. It falls just shy of three stars out of five on the Spirit of Wine scale, as I might come back to it if it had toned up just a bit of its muscle. So two stars with a plus for its compelling delicacy. At its price point, the two plus stars makes this a "good value".

Wine Spectator was pretty enthusiastic, awarding 90 points and reporting, "This has an intriguing nose, offering ripe peach, with hints of talc and broom bush. Full-bodied, with slightly bitter citrus and almond flavors carried by fresh acidity. The finish is long and intense. Drink now. 5,000 cases made."

Updated Review, over a year later, January, 2011:  Color is consistent.  The nose is more sweet than sharp grass now.  On the palate, light butterscotch wafts over the light peach and citrus notes. 

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