As my colleague Zoë said once about Stefano Inama- `well, he puts the suave into Soave!` But there is much more to Stefano than the role of charmer. Much happier as farmer, he manages the family domaine with meticulous farming practice.
Whenever I want to show a foreign visitor just how good Soave wines can be, I never hesitate to open any of the estate’s very fine white wines, especially the Soave Classico du Lot (rich, deep, judiciously oak-aged, and of a Burgundian complexity) or the Soave Classico Vigneti di Foscarino (leaner, crisp, lemony, mineral). Now in its third generation, the estate boasts over fifty years of history and is making some of the denomination’s best wines. Founder Giuseppe Inama first began working as a winemaker in 1948 and bought his first vineyard, in Monte Foscarino in 1965. This year’s release of the Vigneti di Carbonare, made from a forty-year-old Garganega vineyard planted at roughly 250 meters above sea level on highly basaltic soil, is one of the two/three best Soave wines I tried all year.
From Soave and the Still White Wines of Veneto (Jul 2019) by Ian D`Agata