Cantine Pra Soave Classico Otto 2019
Graziano Prà’s wines offer possibly the best example of what the terroir of Monteforte d’Alpone can deliver. The highly black volcanic soils give wines that are mineral yet powerful, but Prà is especially adept at ensuring the wines also showcase a remarkable degree of finesse.
In my opinion one of Veneto’s two best Soave producers IAN D’AGATA, Vinous 2019
Prà does so many things well it’s hard to know where to start. I can’t think of too many wineries in Veneto that excel to this degree. ANTONIO GALLONI
Soave has to be one of the most versatile and digestible white wines on the planet and while the market is awash with mass produced examples, many of which still fit the bill for their ability to suit a range of food and provide some drinking please, few actually reach the heights of what many would regard as truly great wines. Perhaps there are three or four in the region who reliably and consistently deliver Soave that has that extra element of serious interest, intensity, verve and excitement. Amongst that small and elite group Pra is right on the top of the pile with Pieropan and Suavia for me.
Brothers Sergio and Graziano Pra maintain their property in the traditional region of the DOC that is still widely regarded as the quality heart of the area and where the other top estates are all located. Of the top few estates in the region their style rests on finding a harmonious middle ground between their natural texture and weight with the intensely fresh backbone of acidity they capture so well. The 2019 is textbook Otto, there is a lusciousness to the fruit but also a bright and clear line of freshness. I absolutely love this vintage.
The 2019 is absolutely cracking and fantastic value at this price. As Ian D’Agata, of Vinous Media, mentioned in 2019 “In my opinion, this wine is one of the top ten best buys in white wine that Italy offers just about every year” which I couldn’t agree with more. Consistently a wine that delivers everything you expect from the best Soave and at a price that means you can drink it any time without stressing about the hip pocket damage. Every year we get so many people coming back to buy more cases of this until it runs out. I suggest grabbing a chunk of it to make sure there is always some around the house, you won’t regret it.
I know this wine has a humungous following among our customers and usually when we offer it there is a lot of reviews around to support our excitement. This year, for obvious reasons, a lot of wines are coming out sans reviews. There is one from James Suckling, one of the most respected critics of Italian wine who is based in Tuscany. He is often short on words but his review is below and I think that it sums it up nicely. I have included my thoughts, I am rarely short on things to say, on the wine as well.