#209 ( October 2013)
Review by Monica Larner

Antonio Fattori is one of the most talented white winemakers in the Veneto. Although he also makes Valpolicella reds, his white Soave expressions are the true standouts. I remember visiting him at his super sleek and impossibly tidy winery a few years back. He led me to a tiny plot of land just across the street and pointed to the soil. It was the most amazing color with deep amber-yellow hues and bright veins of red. Just one hill over, I had seen dark soils with dusty shadings of dark grey and black. The volcanic geology of the Soave region is fascinating and the variability is mesmerizing. The red soils of the aptly named Terrossa di Ronca subzone produce ethereal and elegant white wines that are powerfully distinguished by their chiseled mineral notes. Fattori’s wines embrace this quality perfectly.



2011 Fattori Soave Motto Piane – 93 pts
A Proprietary Blend Dry White Table wine from Soave, Veneto, Italy
The 2011 Soave Motto Piane takes Garganega, this work horse white grape at the base of all Soave wines, to new heights. Clusters were harvested the second week of September and subsequently laid to dry on straw mats for approximately 30 days. Winemaking sees a variety of vessels including stainless steel, tonneaux and botte. The bouquet is expressive and elegant with enduring tones of candied peach, lemon custard, stone fruit and yellow flower. Its elegance is capped by perfectly chiseled mineral notes that frame and contain the wine’s terrific expressiveness. Soave is an age-worthy white and this wine will continue to evolve in the upcoming years. Drink 2014-2019.



2011 Fattori Roncha – 90 pts
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from Classico, Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
A delicious blend of Garganega (50%), Pinot Grigio, Trebbiano di Soave and Durella, the 2011 Roncha has the substance to stand up to spicy Thai or Vietnamese dishes. A small percentage of the Garganega harvested is left to air-dry and the wine does indeed show pretty creaminess and density. The bouquet opens to honey, white flower, stone fruit and there’s a touch of candied orange peel as well. This is great value for a wonderfully expressive Italian white. Drink 2013-2017.



2007 Fattori Amarone della Valpolicella – 93 pts
A Proprietary Blend Dry White Table wine from Soave, Veneto, Italy
Lots of lovely autumnal tones of forest floor and beetroot open the bouquet of the 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella. Most of the fruit (Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and other red grapes) is sourced from a single vineyard planted to 20- and 35-year-old vines in prime production. The grapes are appassite for up to five months and the completed wine is gently aged 36 months in oak. I love the earthy intensity of this wine, its bright garnet color, energy and soft texture. Drink 2015-2025.