Wine Review: Soave for the Holidays

Cantina di Soave Re Midas Soave 2012
Sweet peachy nose, with a hint of fennel, flowers and honey: Pleasant and spring-like. The bright palate speaks of almond, apple skin, and a hint of apricot. A floral finish, rounded out by lemon oil and kumquat, makes this a solid, sunny option for the chilly days of winter. Drink now.

Cantina di Soave Rocca Sveva Soave Classico 2012

An elegant and concentrated nose that almost references Viognier in its gently smoky white peach aromas and distinct flowers (honeysuckle, orange blossom), as well as exotic baking spices. On the palate, flavors of orange, kumquat, honeysuckle, lemon gels, and a bit of fennel seed are well-calibrated, and balanced by apricot and melon. Lovely. Drink now - 2014.