2015 Pra Soave Classico Staforte

Year: 2015
Appellation: Veneto
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 88
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
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"This fresh white is lightly floral and balanced, offering hints of stone, apricot and star fruit. Subtle finish. Drink now through 2019. 2,000 cases made. -AN" (WS)

"Golden-tinged yellow. Notes of chamomile and honey complicate ripe orchard fruit aromas on the nose. Enters rich and ripe, then turns fresher, showcasing lively citrus and apple pie flavors thanks to juicy acidity. Finishes with lingering echoes of sweet orchard fruit. This is always one of my favorite wines from Prà, but as good as this 2015 is, Staforte can be even better." (VM)

"A bright and fruity white with sliced apples, lemons and a mineral character. Straw undertones, too. Full body, vivid fruit and crisp acidity. Drink now." (JS)

"Creamy, fresh and crisp, this opens with aromas of dried wildflower and ripe orchard fruit. The rounded palate delivers pastry dough, white peach and yellow apple with fresh acidity. A lemon drop closes the lingering finish. -Kerin O’Keefe" (WE) Winery Notes:
Graziano Prà has dedicated his life to tending for vines on the ancient black soils of Monteforte d’Alpone. Having harvested the fruits of his father’s work, he gives wine lovers one of the most interesting garganega wines available.

Uncompromising in his search for quality and in the way he interprets the prestigious soils with which he works, his wines all have finesse and elegance with a distinct presence of minerals.

Born as a creator of outstanding white wines, he took on the challenge of La Morandina, an organically farmed vineyard on the higher slopes of the valley of Mezzane that produces authentic and intense wines. Graziano Prà has been managing the winery since the beginning of the 1980s, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

He has brought international fame to small wine producing areas such as Colle Sant’Antonio, il Monte Grande and La Morandina, small prestigious cru in quality wine-producing regions.

The approach to his work is based on being true to the land. Graziano’s wines are pure expressions of the land and the grapes. He loves the vine plant and tends to it with great modesty and attention. In the winery, he prefers to keep the fruitiness in his wines and all his research and innovation is based around how to express the outstanding quality of the grapes that arrive from the vineyards to the full.

The implementation of organic agriculture for the wines of the Valpolicella was for him an act of love towards a land which was untouched and uncontaminated and from which the vines steadily rise from the ancient marl fossils.