Bruce’s Pick: 2016 Pieropan Soave Classico, $18.99

I originally was going to pick an inexpensive ($10) Bordeaux for February with the idea that it would be a small wine for a small month. That did not go so well, as I didn’t like the wine enough to recommend it.  At the last minute I remembered that I had recently had this Pieropan Soave at a restaurant, and it had previously caught my eye in the cooler in the shop. I was so impressed that I purchased a bottle to confirm my impression from the glass I enjoyed at the restaurant. Sure enough, it was even better than I remembered. This bottle comes with an inscription from Lionildo Pieropan “My 50th Vintage,” and wow should he be proud of it! This is perhaps the finest Soave I have ever tasted. It’s a blend of 85 percent Garganega and 15 percent Trebbiano Soave from the family’s estate in Veneto’s Soave Classico. The wine opens with fresh and savory aromas of white flowers and stone fruit, and continues on the palate with white peach, crisp apple and lemon drop, backed by just a hint of almond. It finishes with a saline minerality and zingy acidity that enhances its long mouthwatering finish. This would make an excellent aperitif or would pair well with vegetable-based starters, soups, egg-based dishes and seafood. I simply cannot recommend it highly enough!