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Monte Carbonare

We always say that this wine “is like a bit of earth in a glass.”And it’s true. In the Monte Carbonare vineyard the vines sink their roots deep down into the black earth; pure volcano. This gives the wine personality: forthright and truthful, with a sharp mineral nature. It tastes of rain on flint, on the black stones of the dry walls, and of that good fragrance that the countryside releases when dampened by the first rain.

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  • _slowwine-grandevino Slow Wine 2014 2014 Slow Food - Monte Carbonare 2011
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  • 91 pt Wine Spectator 2012 June 15 - Monte Carbonare 2009
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Fittà Cru

Total hectares: 155
Hectares of vineyards: 70
Position:  summit – slope
Exposure:  south, east and west
Altitude: 64-312 m

Fittà is a village in the municipality of Soave at 300 metres above sea level, in the heart of the Classica area. Thanks to the altitude, Fittà has a wide diurnal temperature range in summer and constant ventilation. The hills in this area are made up of soil of clear volcanic origin, with basalt ground layers and a clay-silt texture; the slopes of the hills range between 10 to 30%. 

In the Cru of Fittà there are some of our vineyards whose grapes are used to make Soave Classico and also one of our oldest vineyards, Le Rive, with a southern exposure and planted entirely with Garganega, with the traditional pergola veronese training system. Also in the Fittà area there are the new Guyot-trained Trebbiano di Soave vineyards whose grapes are used to produce Massi Fitti.

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Carbonare Cru

Total hectares: 35
Hectares of vineyards: 28
Exposure: east and northeast
Altitude: 120-280 m

The name of this cru refers to the distinctive colour of the soil: “as black as coal.” In fact, the soil is dark and deep with a clayey soil texture, not calcareous, strongly volcanic and made up of altered and compact basaltic rocks. The area is frequently ventilated and generally cool. Here there are some of the oldest vineyards in the whole of the Classica area. In Carbonare, the slopes of the hills range between 10 and 30%. 

The Monte Carbonare vineyard is in the highest part of this area and cultivated with sixty-year-old Garganega vines.

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Castellaro Cru

Total hectares: 35
Hectares of vineyards: 30
Position: summit-slope
Exposure: south, east and west
Altitude: 140-260 m

Castellaro is the name of a volcanic cone situated in the north of the Classica area. Here basaltic stones abound and the soil texture is moderately fine. The high altitude and the exposure guarantee constant ventilation and long hours of sunlight. The slopes range between 15 and 40%.

The best Garganega grapes for making our Recioto di Soave come from this vineyard on the summit of the mountain.

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Tremenalto Cru

Total hectares: 87
Hectares of vineyards: 75
Position: summit – slope
Exposure: east and north
Altitude: 57-230 m

This northernmost part of the Classica area is distinctive for its dark and deep soil of volcanic origin. The heaven-sent, cool northern winds run through Tremenalto and are important for the wellbeing of the vines during summer and the hottest years. The slopes of these hills are generally steep (20-35%). 

The grapes for making Soave Classico are grown in the steep vineyards in this area.

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Harvest 2010

Technical Data

Classification: Soave Classico - DOC (controlled denomination of origin)

First vintage: 1986

Number of bottles produced: 30.000

Grapes: 100% Garganega

Grape production per hectare: 85 quintals

Start of harvest: 12 October 2010

Harvesting method: manual - in crates

Pressing: soft pressing of whole grapes

Alcohol fermentation: in steel vats

Alcohol fermentation time: 16 days

Alcohol fermentation temperature: 14 - 16 °C

Malo-lactic fermentation: not carried out

Maturation: 15 months in contact with the fine sediments in steel vats

Filtration: only one membrane filtration before bottling

Bottled: January 2012

Affinamento: 3 months in the bottle

Released: April 2012

Aging potential: 8 - 10 years

Analysis: Alcohol contents: 13,00 % by volume - Total acidity: 5.90 g/l pH: 3.27 Reduced extract: 22,00 g/l &nbsp

Vineyard Profile

The Monte Carbonare vineyard

The name Carbonare probably comes from the dark volcanic soil reminiscent of coal.

Organoleptic Profile

Colour: straw yellow with considerable intensity and brilliant highlights.

Nose: Beautiful notes of Mediterranean citrus fruits together with fresh mountain herbs. Great minerality.

Palate: Creamy and elegant, it is characterized by exemplary freshness and flavour. It has reached a good balance which makes the wine pleasant and easy to drink. The finish is dry and very persistent.

Serving temperature: 11 - 13 °C

Recommended glass: use a slender and rounded glass which offers sufficient volume to support the special characteristics of full-bodied white wines.

Best with...

all fish-based dishes since it is a wine that respects the delicacy of the fish's flesh and its salinity. It goes also very well with vegetable and truffle risottos. Excellent with medium ripened cow's milk cheeses.

Veneto regional cuisine:
Croutons with baccalà (salt cod) mantecato, octopus salad with cabbage and lentils, risotto with nettles, tagliatelle with trout and asparagus, grilled fish, Monte Veronese Dop mid-ripened cheese.