Deep yellow/light gold with a bouquet of golden apples, dried pear and subtle notes of melted butter and guava. Quite rich on the palate, this had healthy acidity and a long finish with a hint of cinnamon. There was just a trace of oxidation, but that wasn’t totally unexpected, as the wine came from a vintage that was slightly warm, meaning the vibrant acidity and structure for real long-term aging wasn’t there, as with vintages such as 1999, 2001 or 2005. Still, this was quite impressive for an eight-year-old wine and was proof of the aging potential of Soave; my guess is that it had another 3-5 years of life ahead of it. And it certainly was a nice match with my Chicken with Peapods at the local take out Chinese place!