Although Soave bears the distinction of being the largest DOC in Italy for the production of white wine, only several dozen Soave producers fashion wines of superior character and quality. La Cappuccina is unquestionably one of those elite. The 2015 La Cappuccina Soave bears the beautiful golden robe of the noble Garganega grape, replete with the luster of the radiant Italian sun. An enticing aroma, resplendent with hints of acacia flowers and soft fruit scents in the form of white peach, mandarin orange, and lime zest, caresses the nose. On the palate, the 2015 La Cappuccina Soave continues to charm with velvety fruit, crisp acidity, and a lithe, gentle spirit that makes the taster beg for more. Add a gentle minerality that quenches the thirst and brings a smile to the face, and La Cappuccina’s youthful Soave is hard to resist. Although some may prefer their white wine ice cold, we suggest serving La Cappuccina’s Soave at a more moderate temperature (40º-45º F) in order to capture the complete personality of this wine. Enjoy!
The 2015 La Cappuccina Soave provides the consummate aperitif, as it delights the nose, enlivens the palate, and flows easily and gracefully down the thirsty throat. The 2015 La Cappuccina is also very food friendly. It makes a great companion to seafood, freshwater fish, salads, cheeses, and fruit. Scallops sautéed in white wine, butter, olive oil, and a pinch of your favorite fresh herb makes for a memorable pairing with La Cappuccina’s impeccable Soave. Grilled mountain trout pairs beautifully with this wine, too. Shrimp with a cucumber aioli, caviar, hors d’oeuvres, and cured or smoked salmon provide more winning combinations with the 2015 La Cappuccina. Mushroom and cheese risotto in the company of this organic Soave offers another treat. In fact, most white meats and cow’s milk cheeses provide more opportunities to enjoy the 2015 La Cappuccina Soave. Avoiding overpowering flavors such as heavy tomato sauces, raw garlic, and piquant spices is our only caveat with this wine, as such companions can obscure the elegance and charming personality of the finest Soave – a delicate, pure, flavorful white wine by nature. Salute!
Italy is full of delightful surprises and undiscovered treasures, and nowhere is this truer than in the domain of wine – the fruit of the vine. In Italy, one never knows where the next buried treasure lies or what pearls will emerge from the most unlikely of places. Consider La Cappuccina and the Tessari family’s pure, flavorful, organically grown Soave. In Soave, which ranks as the largest white wine DOC of Italy, only a handful of producers estate-bottle premium Soave such as one finds at La Cappuccina.
The Tessari family has been growing grapes at La Cappuccina, the site of an ancient chapel of Franciscan friars, for more than a century. The property takes its name from the small, recently restored 15th century chapel where Capuchin friars once worshipped. Today, the chapel is the property’s most striking architectural feature and its silhouette appears on all of the winery’s labels. La Cappuccina is located at Costalunga di Monteforte d’Alpone in the heart of the Soave DOC and it presently comprises 54 acres of organically grown grapes and certified organic wines – a rarity in this neck of the woods. Even more compelling are the purity and quality of the wines produced by Pietro, Sisto, and Elena Tessari and their father Lorenzo. The Tessaris produce exemplary Soave and white Sauvignon as well as several traditional Veronese reds, the most intriguing of which is Madégo, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.
In addition to their acumen for fashioning exceptional wines, the Tessaris are equally masterful at pairing their wines with exceptional cuisine in beautiful settings. Pietro, Sisto, and Elena’s brother Simone is chef/proprietor of the nearby Alpone restaurant, where the estate’s wines are matched with innovative interpretations of traditional Veronese specialties. La Cappuccina is a feast for all of the senses. However, what makes La Cappuccina so special is not only the quality and variety of its wines, but how a certified organic property of this stature could have remained so long under the radar. However, thanks to the new generation at this estate, La Cappuccina remains no longer buried treasure: it radiates like a brilliant, newly discovered gem, which we are immensely delighted to share with our members.
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