A Trio of 90s: Releases from Inama
Long a fan of Inama, I was pleased to taste this trio of wines, if a bit disappointed in the Vigneti di Foscarino, which seems out-of-character with its 2017 bottling. Nonetheless, all are delightfully drinkable and have potential ahead.
Inama 2018 Soave Classico 12% $16
Light-bodied and creamy on the palate with a glossy and streamlined texture, this wine has a delightful spiceiness to enhance its youthful juiciness that is enticingly more savory than fruit-driven. Lithe yet rambunctious with a scattershot of floral and herbal perfumes, the palate is more straightforward with sweet almond flavors. The focused and lingering finish cracks with white peppercorn spice.
Inama 2017 Soave Classico Vigneti di Foscarino 12.5% $26
This is a bold and vigorous Soave with a mouthfilling, glycerol-driven texture and heady tree fruits. Sweet peach and succulent pear fruits drive the aromas and palate, where almond pith and tangerine peel add a vivid touch of becoming bitterness. Though only 12.5% abv, the wine's rather moderate acidity makes it feel a bit heavy - unusual for this wine. The lingering, concentrated finish shows-off this wine's old vine, vecchie vigne, heritage. Perhaps it won't be the longest lived old vine Soave, but it still has a ways to go.
Inama 2015 Carménère Più $21
Bold in mulberry and plum fruits laced with evergreen scents, this is a bold and lightly bulky wine. It carries its hefty, beefy mid-palate well, however, thanks to its scintillating freshness on Day 1. The grainy tannins give a satisfying textural grit. The wine evolves nicely overnight, but I wouldn't keep it past Day 2 as its fruit freshness quickly takes an automnal turn upon opening. It's still attractive, but I think it would be a stretch to keep it a third day. (This was VacuVin sealed and stored in a wine fridge between Days 1 and 2.)