Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What's in My Glass Wednesdays! Si Soave Italia

I waltzed into the Wine & Liquor store this week and agreed that I'd pick up the first bottle under $10 that caught my eye.  Low and behold... I bought this fancy-looking wine bottle from Italy:

(Photos by author)

Si Soave Italia

The D-2010 Scale 
Si Soave Italia (Soave, Italy)
Appearance (10 points possible): straw yellow color, clear - 10 points
Aroma/Bouquet (20 points possible): Light pear and citrus, pungent SO2 in the nose, yeasty and bready. - 8 points
Taste (10 points possible):  Light, no flavor on the palate, acidic and disintegrated.  There is a sharp bitterness to this wine with a pungent/alcoholic taste near the end of the palate.  The finish lingers with astringency and a yeasty metal taste. - 4 points
Balance (5 points possible): Wine is very disintegrate.  It falls into parts, which is the total opposite of balanced. - 1 points
Finish (5 points possible): Lingers, but unpleasantly.  There is a touch of astringency and a sharp, pungent flavor.  There are some hints of citric tones in there. - 2 points
Packaging *Introduction to the D-2010 Scale*
Quality of Package (5 points possible):  Screw top and vividly appealing glass bottle.  Quite different from your normal wine bottle package, which makes it very catchy and attractive. - 4 points
Label Marketability (10 points possible):  The "Si" part of this wine label is cool.  Definitely catchy, eye-appealing, and somewhat sexy like the Italians like to say!  Like I said - it caught my eye immediately. - 5 points
Other (5 points possible): I have to give credit to the fact that this is a unique package design.  The idea of the package and the website that goes along with the product really captures the young spirit of your modern wine drinkers.  For that... - 5 points
Total Points: 69 points
Overall Thought: To me... I honestly thought this was worse than a lot of the bulk wine you can pick up from California.  It was very pungent in the nose (SO2/sulfur dioxide), quite alcoholic for a light white wine (12.5%) which was noticeable to me on the palate, bitter, and flavorless.  I think we can find some better wines out there for $9.  However... the unique part about this wine is the bottle.  And it obviously serves the purpose to capture a certain part of the wine market.
Food Pairings:  Look at this as your basic, non-aromatic white wine.  Go with things like light, white sauce pasta dishes, light (non-barbeque) chicken dinners, and fish (like tilapia, flounder, swordfish, and haddock).  But if you need ideas... the website has some foods it likes to mention.
Cost: $9
Splurge Factor (out of 4): 1 - And probably not worth the money...
Where to buy:  Again, I found this at the local wine and spirits store.  Website to follow: Si Soave Italia

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