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A full-flavored, refreshing white from northwest Italy

Soave is produced in the Veneto region of northwest Italy, which has the fabled town of Verona at its center. The principal grape there is garanega, with trebbiano di soave also typical in the blend. In the 1970s, soave's popularity was at its peak, surpassing that of chianti. But its appeal slumped around the turn of the century. It was done in partly by its own success, when to meet demand, over-cropping and increased yields led to many thin, unappealing wines. Thankfully, soave is making a comeback, returning to the full-flavored, refreshing white wine style that is so appealing. Here are the panel's top three soave picks:

2011 Inama Soave Classico, $16.99

The classico designation is reserved for wines from the heart of the Soave region, made from grapes from vineyards located on the sloping hillsides near the towns of Soave and Monteforte d'Alpone. This wine is a bit reserved at first, but it opens up to reveal lovely floral aromas of violet, rose, sweet fruit, dried herbs, mineral and a classic hint of almond. That nut element carries through on the palate, where it backs creamy lime and tropical fruit. This wine's finish is long, smooth and rich.

2011 Pieropan Soave, $17.99

The sweet fruit aromas of honeyed peach and melon in this wine have a layered richness and are punctuated by a hint of mineral. The palate has a candied fruit profile that combines peach, apricot and blood orange, all balanced by soft citrus. This wine has an easy-drinking, crowd-pleasing style that makes for the perfect summer sipper.

2011 Suavia Soave, $16.99

This wine is filled to the brim with unctuous fruit aromas including peach, tangerine, cantaloupe and citrus, along with notes of clover, herb and brine. Bright and sassy on the palate, this wine is marked by ripe apricot, peach, mango and crisp citrus flavors. The finish is light but long, with intriguing touches of flint and celery.

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