Light gold in colour with a lovely fresh, expressive nose, with perfumes of white flowers, almond blossom and a touch of citrus. On the palate it has great balance between rounded, ripe fruit and a fresh, clean acidity. It is long and fragrant, with the characteristic almond pastry notes on the finish.
Pieropan's estate covers 30 hectares of vineyard, all of which are situated on the stony hills of the Soave Classico zone. The Pieropan family has been producing wines in Soave since the 1860s. Indeed, they were the first producer to bottle a wine with the name Soave on the label, in the early 1930s.
Nino Pieropan took over from his father in 1970, and was the first to make a single vineyard wine, Calvarino, in 1971. Nino's two sons, Andrea and Dario, now work with him in running the estate. After almost 80 years of bottling Soave Classico, Nino reluctantly abandoned the Classico appellation from 2008, believing it was time to move to a stelvin closure to protect the aromatic characters of his wine.
John Wilson, The Irish Times April 9 2011
"Regular readers will know of my love for this wine, made by one of Italy’s greatest white winemakers. In an ideal world, you would drink his Calvarino after a few years bottle age, but a glass of this, his basic Soave, served with shellfish, is one of life’s great pleasures. Light, but fine, with elegant lifted green fruits cut through by a cleansing lemon minerality."