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Santa Sofia

Veneto (Italy)


Wines Reviewed: 26
Average Score:

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 1998 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 1998
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2005 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2005
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Gioé 1997 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Gioé 1997
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Gioé 2003 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Gioé 2003
Arlčo 1998 Arlčo 1998
Arlčo 2003 Arlčo 2003
Arlčo 2005 Arlčo 2005
Bardolino Chiaretto Classico 2009 Bardolino Chiaretto Classico 2009
Custoza Montemagrin 2009 Custoza Montemagrin 2009
Garda Pinot Grigio Le Calderare 2009 Garda Pinot Grigio Le Calderare 2009
Lugana 2009 Lugana 2009
Lugana 2012 Lugana 2012
Predaia 1998 Predaia 1998
Predaia 2003 Predaia 2003
Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2000 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2000
Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2009 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2009
Recioto di Soave Classico 2007 Recioto di Soave Classico 2007
Santa Sofia Brut Santa Sofia Brut
Valpolicella Classico 2007 Valpolicella Classico 2007
Valpolicella Classico Superiore Montegradella 2000 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Montegradella 2000
Valpolicella Classico Superiore Montegradella 2006 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Montegradella 2006
Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2007 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2007
Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2010 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2010
Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2014 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2014



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Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 1998, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 1998

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella (Veneto)
Corvina (65%), Rondinella (30%), Molinara (5%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score:

Valpolicella (Veneto) The wine has an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose reveals clean, intense and refined aromas, good elegance, where are mainly perceived aromas of jams such as black cherry jam, blackberry jam and strawberry jam followed by good aromas of black cherry macerated in alcohol, caramel, cocoa, plum, dried violet, pink pepper and vanilla. In mouth is intense with good correspondence to the nose, tannic attack however balanced by alcohol, full bodied. The finish is persistent with pleasing flavors of plum and black cherry jam. A well made wine. This Amarone is aged for 36 months in casks and for 8-12 months in bottle.

Alcohol: 14.5%

Roasted meat, Hard cheese, Game, Braised meat, Stewed meat

Suggested glass Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines)

May 2003



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Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2005, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2005

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella (Veneto)
Corvina (65%), Rondinella (30%), Molinara (5%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

Valpolicella (Veneto) This Amarone della Valpolicella Classico shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of blackberry, plum and black cherry followed by aromas of violet, blueberry, vanilla, tobacco, chocolate, mace, leather and menthol. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness. The finish is persistent with flavors of blackberry, plum and black cherry. This Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ages for 36 months in cask followed by 12 months of aging in bottle.

Alcohol: 15%

Game, Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines)

June 2010



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Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella (Veneto)
Corvina, Corvinone (70%), Rondinella (25%), Molinara (5%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

Valpolicella (Veneto) Amarone della Valpolicella Classico shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of blackberry, black cherry and dried violet followed by aromas of plum, vanilla, tobacco, blueberry, chocolate, mace, leather, cinnamon, tamarind and menthol. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness. The finish is persistent with flavors of blackberry, black cherry and plum. Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ages for 36 months in cask followed by 12 months of aging in bottle.

Alcohol: 15%

Game, Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines)

February 2013



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Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Amarone della Valpolicella (Veneto)
Corvina, Corvinone (70%), Rondinella (30%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

Amarone della Valpolicella (Veneto)
Intense ruby red and nuances of garnet red, little transparency.

Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of blackberry, plum and dried violet followed by aromas of black cherry, blueberry, vanilla, chocolate, tobacco, licorice, leather, mace and menthol.

Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness.

Persistent finish with flavors of blackberry, plum and black cherry.

36 months in cask, 12 months in bottle.


Alcohol: 15%

Game, Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines)

December 2017



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Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Gioé 1997, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Gioé 1997

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella (Veneto)
Corvina (65%), Rondinella (30%), Molinara (5%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

Valpolicella (Veneto) The wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose reveals personality with elegant, intense, clean and refined aromas mainly of jams. There can be perceived good aromas of black cherry jam, blackberry jam and plum jam followed by pleasing and clean aromas of black cherry macerated in alcohol, cocoa, caramel, leather, licorice, enamel, violet and vanilla. In mouth has a tannic attack which is well balanced by alcohol, excellent correspondence to the nose, intense flavors and full body. The finish is persistent with pleasing and clean flavors of blackberry jam, black cherry jam and plum jam. A very well made wine. Amarone Gioé is produced in limited quantities and only in particularly favorable vintages and ages for 48 months in cask and 8-12 months in bottle.

Alcohol: 15%

Roasted meat, Hard cheese, Game, Braised meat, Stewed meat

Suggested glass Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines)

Issue 9, June 2003



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Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Gioé 2003, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Gioé 2003

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella (Veneto)
Corvina (65%), Rondinella (30%), Molinara (5%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

Valpolicella (Veneto) Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Gioé shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of blackberry, plum and dried violet followed by aromas of black cherry, blueberry, vanilla, licorice, mace, cocoa, tobacco, menthol and nail polish. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness. The finish is persistent with flavors of blackberry, plum and black cherry. Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Gioé ages for 36 months in cask, 12 months in barrique and 12 months in bottle.

Alcohol: 15%

Game, Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines)

June 2010



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Arlèo 1998, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Arlèo 1998

Santa Sofia (Italy)

(Veneto)
Corvina (70%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Merlot (10%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score:

(Veneto) The wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, elegant and refined aromas of black cherry jam, blueberry jam, plum jam, raspberry, dried violet followed by good aromas of vanilla, cocoa and caramel. In mouth has a good balance and smooth and pleasing tannins, good correspondence to the nose, intense flavors and good body. The finish is persistent with clean and agreeable flavors of black cherry, blueberry and plum. A well made wine. Arlèo is aged for 14 months in barrique and for 24 months in casks followed by 8-12 months of aging in bottle.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Roasted meat, Braised and stewed meat, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines)

May 2003



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Arlèo 2003, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Arlèo 2003

Santa Sofia (Italy)

(Veneto)
Corvina (70%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Merlot (10%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score:

(Veneto) Arlèo shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas that start with hints of black cherry, blackberry and black currant followed by aromas of dried violet, vanilla, chocolate, mace, tobacco, leather and menthol. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness. The finish is persistent with flavors of blackberry, black cherry and black currant. Arlèo ages for 18 months in barrique followed by 10 months of aging in bottle.

Alcohol: 14%

Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines)

June 2010



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Arlèo 2005, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Arlèo 2005

Santa Sofia (Italy)

(Veneto)
Corvina, Corvinone (85%), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (15%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score:

(Veneto) Arlèo shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of black cherry, blackberry and black currant followed by aromas of dried violet, plum, vanilla, tobacco, chocolate, leather and menthol. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and blackberry. Arlèo ages for 24 months in cask, 18 months in barrique and 10 months in bottle.

Alcohol: 14%

Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines)

February 2013



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Bardolino Chiaretto Classico 2009, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Bardolino Chiaretto Classico 2009

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Bardolino (Veneto)
Corvina (55%), Rondinella (30%), Molinara 15%)
Rose Wine Rose Wine Score:

Bardolino (Veneto) This Bardolino Chiaretto Classico shows a pale cherry pink color and nuances of pale pink, transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean and pleasing aromas which start with hints of cherry, strawberry and raspberry followed by aromas of blackberry, cyclamen and peach. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of cherry, strawberry and raspberry. This Bardolino Chiaretto Classico ages in steel tanks.

Alcohol: 12%

Meat appetizers, Sauteed white meat, Roasted fish, Pasta with meat

Suggested glass Young and Crisp Rose Wines 12 °C
(53 °F)
(Young and Crisp Rose Wines)

June 2010



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Custoza Montemagrin 2009, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Custoza Montemagrin 2009

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Bianco di Custoza (Veneto)
Trebbiano Toscano, Garganega, Trebbianello, Cortese, Malvasia, Riesling, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay
White Wine White Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

Bianco di Custoza (Veneto) Custoza Montemagrin shows a brilliant greenish yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes intense, clean and pleasing aromas that start with hints of pear, apple and hawthorn followed by aromas of broom, pineapple and peach. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body. The finish is pretty persistent with flavors of apple and pear. Custoza Montemagrin ages in steel tanks.

Alcohol: 12%

Vegetable appetizers, Risotto with vegetables, Sauteed fish

Suggested glass Young and Crisp White Wines 10 °C
(50 °F)
(Young and Crisp White Wines)

June 2010



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Garda Pinot Grigio Le Calderare 2009, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Garda Pinot Grigio Le Calderare 2009

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Garda Classico (Lombardy)
Pinot Grigio
White Wine White Wine Score:

Garda Classico (Lombardy) Garda Pinot Grigio Le Calderare shows a pale greenish yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes clean and pleasing aromas which start with hints of apple and peach followed by aromas of pear, hawthorn and banana. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is pretty persistent with flavors of peach and pear. Garda Pinot Grigio Le Calderare ages in steel tanks.

Alcohol: 12.5%

Aperitifs, Vegetable and fish appetizers, Dairy products

Suggested glass Young and Crisp White Wines 10 °C
(50 °F)
(Young and Crisp White Wines)

June 2010



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Lugana 2009, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Lugana 2009

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Lugana (Lombardy)
Trebbiano di Lugana
White Wine White Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

Lugana (Lombardy) This Lugana shows a brilliant greenish yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes intense, clean and pleasing aromas that start with hints of pear, apple and peach followed by aromas of pineapple, broom and almond. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is pretty persistent with flavors of pear and peach. This Lugana ages in steel tanks.

Alcohol: 13%

Aperitifs, Crustacean and vegetable appetizers, Risotto with fish

Suggested glass Young and Crisp White Wines 10 °C
(50 °F)
(Young and Crisp White Wines)

June 2010



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Lugana 2012, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Lugana 2012

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Lugana (Lombardy)
Trebbiano di Lugana
White Wine White Wine Score:

Lugana (Lombardy) This Lugana shows a brilliant greenish yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes intense, clean and pleasing aromas that start with hints of pear, peach and pineapple followed by aromas of broom, green apple and hawthorn. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of pear, peach and pineapple. This Lugana ages in steel tanks.

Alcohol: 13%

Aperitifs, Crustacean and vegetable appetizers, Risotto with fish

Suggested glass Young and Crisp White Wines 10 °C
(50 °F)
(Young and Crisp White Wines)

February 2013



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Predaia 1998, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Predaia 1998

Santa Sofia (Italy)

(Veneto)
Cabernet Sauvignon (85%), Corvina, Rondinella (15%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score:

(Veneto) The wine has a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The note denotes good personality with elegant, intense, clean and refined aromas of black cherry, blueberry, bell pepper, plum, black currant and violet followed by good aromas of vanilla, toasted, caramel and chocolate. In mouth is round, agreeable and balanced, with good correspondence to the nose, smooth tannins, intense flavors and good body. The finish is persistent with clean and pleasing flavors of plum, blueberry and black cherry. A well made wine. Predaia is aged for 12 months in barrique and for 24 months in cask followed by 8-12 months of aging in bottle.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Roasted meat, Stewed meat, Braised meat, Game, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines)

Issue 9, June 2003



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Predaia 2003, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Predaia 2003

Santa Sofia (Italy)

(Veneto)
Cabernet Sauvignon (85%), Corvina, Rondinella (15%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score:

(Veneto) Predaia shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of black currant, black cherry and plum followed by aromas of dried violet, blueberry, vanilla, tobacco, chocolate, mace and menthol. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness. The finish is persistent with flavors of black currant, black cherry and plum. Predaia ages for 18 months in cask, 18 months in barrique and 12 months in bottle.

Alcohol: 14%

Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines)

June 2010



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Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2000, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2000

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella (Veneto)
Corvina (65%), Rondinella (30%), Molinara (5%)
Sweet Wine Sweet Wine Score:

Valpolicella (Veneto) The wine shows a deep ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, impenetrable to light. The nose denotes personality with intense, pleasing and elegant aromas of black cherry jam, blueberry jam, blackberry jam, plum jam, raspberry and dried violet followed by pleasing aromas of vanilla, chocolate and hints of cinnamon and peanut. In mouth reveals a tannic attack however well balanced by alcohol, good correspondence to the nose, intense flavors and good body, pleasing sweetness. The finish is persistent with pleasing flavors of blackberry, black cherry and blueberry. This Recioto ages for 12 months in barrique followed by 9-12 months of aging in bottle.

Alcohol: 13%

Red berried fruit tarts, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Sweet Wines 16 °C
(60 °F)
(Sweet Wines)

May 2003



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Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2009, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2009

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella (Veneto)
Corvina, Corvinone (70%), Rondinella (30%), Molinara (5%)
Sweet Wine Sweet Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

Valpolicella (Veneto) This Recioto della Valpolicella Classico shows a deep ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, impenetrable to light. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of blackberry, plum and dried violet followed by aromas of black cherry, blueberry, vanilla, pink pepper, tamarind, mace, cinnamon and chocolate. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a sweet and tannic attack, however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness. The finish is persistent with flavors of blackberry, plum and black cherry. This Recioto della Valpolicella Classico ages for 12 months in barrique followed by 12 months of aging in bottle.

Alcohol: 14.5%

Chocolate, Dried fruit tarts, Hard and piquant cheese

Suggested glass Sweet Wines 16 °C
(60 °F)
(Sweet Wines)

February 2013



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Recioto di Soave Classico 2007, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Recioto di Soave Classico 2007

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Recioto di Soave (Veneto)
Garganega
Sweet Wine Sweet Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

Recioto di Soave (Veneto) This Recioto di Soave Classico shows a pale amber yellow color and nuances of golden yellow, transparent. The nose denotes intense, clean and pleasing aromas which start with hits of raisin, apricot jam and honey followed by aromas of quince, vanilla, candied fruits, citrus peel and almond. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a sweet attack and pleasing crispness, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness. The finish is persistent with flavors of honey, raisin and apricot jam. This Recioto di Soave Classico ages for 12 months in barrique followed by 6 months of aging in bottle.

Alcohol: 13%

Confectionery, Dried fruit tarts

Suggested glass Sweet Wines 14 °C
(57 °F)
(Sweet Wines)

June 2010



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Santa Sofia Brut, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Santa Sofia Brut

Santa Sofia (Italy)

(Veneto)
Garganega (70%), Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco (30%)
Sparkling Wine Sparkling Wine Score:

(Veneto) Santa Sofia Brut shows a brilliant greenish yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent, fine and persistent perlage. The nose denotes intense, clean and pleasing aromas which start with hints of pineapple, pear and acacia followed by aromas of banana, apple, hawthorn and plum. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, an effervescent and crisp attack, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of pineapple, pear and banana. Santa Sofia Brut is produced with long Charmat method.

Alcohol: 12%

Aperitifs, Vegetable soups, Risotto with vegetable and crustaceans, Dairy products

Suggested glass Charmat Method Sparkling Wines 10 °C
(50 °F)
(Charmat Method Sparkling Wines)

February 2013



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Valpolicella Classico 2007, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella Classico 2007

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella (Veneto)
Corvina (65%), Rondinella (30%), Molinara (5%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score:

Valpolicella (Veneto) This Valpolicella Classico shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean and pleasing aromas which start with hints of black cherry, blackberry and plum followed by aromas of blueberry, violet, tobacco and vanilla. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry and plum. This Valpolicella Classico ages for 6 months in cask followed by 3 months of aging in bottle.

Alcohol: 12.5%

Cold cuts, Stuffed pasta, Sauteed meat with mushrooms

Suggested glass Bodied or Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Bodied or Mature Red Wines)

June 2010



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Valpolicella Classico Superiore Montegradella 2000, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Montegradella 2000

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella (Veneto)
Corvina (65%), Rondinella (30%), Molinara (5%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

Valpolicella (Veneto) This wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals intense and clean aromas, mainly of fruit, such as cherry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry and plum followed by good aromas of vanilla and cyclamen. In mouth denotes good balance and good correspondence to the nose, intense flavors and good body. The finish is persistent with flavors of blueberry and plum. This wine is aged for 42 months in cask and for 6-8 months in bottle.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Stuffed pasta, Pasta with red sauces, Broiled meat and barbecue, Roasted meat

Suggested glass Bodied or Mature Red Wines 17 °C
(62 °F)
(Bodied or Mature Red Wines)

May 2003



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Valpolicella Classico Superiore Montegradella 2006, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Montegradella 2006

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella (Veneto)
Corvina (65%), Rondinella (30%), Molinara (5%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

Valpolicella (Veneto) Valpolicella Classico Superiore Montegradella shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of plum, blackberry and black cherry followed by aromas of violet, vanilla, raspberry, chocolate and tobacco. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum, blackberry and black cherry. Valpolicella Classico Superiore Montegradella ages for 18 months in cask followed by 9 months of aging in bottle.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Stuffed pasta, Pasta with meat, Broiled meat, Roasted meat

Suggested glass Bodied or Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Bodied or Mature Red Wines)

June 2010



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Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2007, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2007

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella (Veneto)
Corvina (70%), Rondinella (30%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

Valpolicella (Veneto) This Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals intense clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of black cherry, blackberry and violet followed by aromas of plum, vanilla, tobacco and chocolate. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, blackberry and plum. This Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso ages for 9 months in cask followed by 3 months of aging in bottle.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Bodied or Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Bodied or Mature Red Wines)

June 2010



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Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2010, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2010

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella (Veneto)
Corvina, Corvinone (70%), Rondinella (25%), Molinara (5%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score: Wine That Excels in Its Category

Valpolicella (Veneto) Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, moderate transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas that start with hints of plum, blackberry and black cherry followed by aromas of violet, blueberry, tobacco and vanilla. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness. The finish is persistent with flavors of plum, blackberry and black cherry. Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso ages for 9 months in cask followed by 3 months of aging in bottle.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Bodied or Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Bodied or Mature Red Wines)

February 2013



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Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2014, Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2014

Santa Sofia (Italy)

Valpolicella (Veneto)
Corvina, Corvinone (70%), Rondinella (30%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score:

Valpolicella (Veneto)
Brilliant ruby red and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency.

Intense, clean, pleasing and refined, starts with hints of plum, black cherry and blackberry followed by aromas of dried violet, vanilla, tobacco, chocolate, cinnamon, mace and menthol.

Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness.

Persistent finish with flavors of plum, black cherry and blackberry.

9 months in cask, 6 months in bottle.


Alcohol: 14%

Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat, Hard cheese

Suggested glass Bodied or Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Bodied or Mature Red Wines)

December 2017


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