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Sandro de Bruno Chardonnay & Soave Duo

Chardonnay • Garganega • Italy • Veneto • White Wine

Sale expired on July 27, 2012
Veneto via America: Two distinctive Italian whites with U.S. winemaking in their pedigrees

It's not often that you hear a wine story like this: Alessandro, an 18-year-old from Italy, immigrates to Chicago in 1909 to work in a factory and winery. In 1924, he returns to his native region of Soave in Italy's Northern Veneto to plant a vineyard and apply the winemaking techniques he learned in America.

I couldn't help but remark on the singular charm of this story when it was told to me by Sandro Tasoniero, Alessandro's grandson, when he met me in New York to  read more...

It's not often that you hear a wine story like this: Alessandro, an 18-year-old from Italy, immigrates to Chicago in 1909 to work in a factory and winery. In 1924, he returns to his native region of Soave in Italy's Northern Veneto to plant a vineyard and apply the winemaking techniques he learned in America.Read more...

It's not often that you hear a wine story like this: Alessandro, an 18-year-old from Italy, immigrates to Chicago in 1909 to work in a factory and winery. In 1924, heRead more...

1 x 2007 Sandro de Bruno Garda Chardonnay
1 x 2008 Sandro de Bruno Colli Scaligeri Soave

It's not often that you hear a wine story like this: Alessandro, an 18-year-old from Italy, immigrates to Chicago in 1909 to work in a factory and winery. In 1924, he returns to his native region of Soave in Italy's Northern Veneto to plant a vineyard and apply the winemaking techniques he learned in America.

I couldn't help but remark on the singular charm of this story when it was told to me by Sandro Tasoniero, Alessandro's grandson, when he met me in New York to present these two wonderful wines.

Available in the United States for the first time, these wines are two of Sandro's top selections from the estate he founded in 2002 on the volcanic soils Mount Calvarina – and they've become two of my favorite white-wine discoveries.

Sandro loves old Chablis from France's Burgundy region, and he strives to make great Italian whites that can age just as well – a task that, he's the first to admit, is much harder than making age-worthy reds. He crafts his wines in an elegant, layered style and believes they show best after several years of aging in the bottle. I couldn't agree more – but these wines are drinking beautifully now.

The 2007 Chardonnay, which was fermented in oak, is crisp yet maintains a fleshy texture. The 2008 Scaligeri Soave, made from the local Garganega grape (and one of the best examples I've ever tasted), shows its complexity with floral and citrus notes and a rich mouthfeel. The wines are very different (the Chardonnay heavier and richer, the Soave lighter and brighter), but both display passionate winemaking – and pure enjoyment – from the very first sip.

Tasting Notes
2007 Sandro de Bruno Garda Chardonnay
This is a fine example of how well Chardonnay can develop. Loads of concentrated floral aromas leap from the glass, with undertones of dried herb, red apple, walnut and smoke. The palate reveals more caramelized flavors of honeycomb and baked, spiced apples, which leads into an aged-cheese quality. Think 12-month-old Pecorino. Wonderfully layered and broad in structure, this wine will pair well with a diverse cheese plate or Chilean sea bass with garden herbs and a touch of cream. Drink this wine now – or in the next three years for an even more savory and earthy experience.

2008 Sandro de Bruno Soave Colli Scaligeri
This wine brims with rich aromas of pear, red apple skins, honeyed toast and fresh dairy cream. The palate plays with these aromas but is a bit less honeyed and more savory, with a Bosc finish that's smooth and long. Bright acidity keeps this rich Soave refreshing, though, making it a perfect match for dishes that have a good punch of salt and acidity. Try it with crab legs or Bay scallops with a lemon cream sauce. Enjoy it now, but the bracing acidity will help this wine continue to develop for another three to four years.

—Nicole Niebisch

Nicole Niebisch has worked in the wine industry for the past decade. She started in New York restaurants as a sommelier and, prior to joining Lot18, spent five years working for Folio Fine Wine Partners, an importer and producer of wines from several of the world's top regions. Nicole holds certificates from the Society of Wine Educators and the American Sommelier Association, and the Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Read more about Nicole here, or follow her on Twitter.

More About Soave

Soave is a commune located in the northeast of Italy in the Veneto region. It is a dry white wine made predominantly from a grape called Garganega. While there is a good amount of basic Soave produced, the best examples typically have crisp, mouthwatering acidity and lovely aromas and flavors lemons, almonds and a hint of spice.
—Sheri Sauter Morano, MW

More About Italy's 2007 and 2008 Vintages

From 2004 on, Italy has enjoyed a stretch of several outstanding vintages – and 2007 and 2008 are especially true to the rule. 2007 was a very warm, dry year, which led to a fully ripe, early harvest in many parts of the country. But a wet spring, followed by a spell of rain early in the summer helped the vines endure the long, intense summer heat, and pump the grapes full of flavor-enhancing nutrients. 2008 was a tougher year for many growers, with the warm and dry July and August bracketed by a wet, humid early summer and a rainy fall. But quality-driven producers were able to select ripe grapes for fresh, vibrant wines.


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