The Pieropan family are legends in Italy. Their winery has been around since 1860 and sits in the heart of the old town of Soave. Their secret ingredient to success is their three single vineyards, integral and historical backbones of the appellation itself that have made the most interesting, age-worthy whites in the entire region.
Calvarino, La Rocca, and Le Colombare are the three vineyards which together span 74 acres under vine. This is the 50th year they’ve been bottling their Calvarino Single-Vineyard by itself, and right up there with Almondo’s ‘Le Rive,’ it is one of Italy’s most sacred white wine bottlings.
In addition to just the best land Soave has to offer, the Pieropans are a very studious, forward-thinking, and experimental bunch. For decades, they’ve been at the forefront of research, innovative methods, and extraction techniques to make age-worthy special wines that belong with the best white wines on the international stage.
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94 Points, James Suckling
The 50th anniversary vintage. The first single vineyard white wine of Italy. Tuffeau and basalt. Calvarino is fermented in cement rather than the tank, as is used for the Classico. A broader sash of orchard fruits, verging toward toffee apple, mingle with ginger, orange blossom, rosemary, sage, almond and jasmine. 20-30% Trebbiano di Soave due to its affinity with volcanic soils. Saline and sappy, whilst also resinous and intense. A powerful wine that is paradoxically pixelated of detail, immensely saline and beautifully light on its feet. The sort of wine I challenge anyone not to love.
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