Ranked one of Italy’s best wines: the amazing single-vineyard Pieropan ‘Calvarino’ Soave Classico 2017: Case of 12 bottles
Wines honored with a Tre Bicchieri by Gambero Rosso are generally recognised as Italy’s best wines. It’s a really big deal for a wine to win this accolade—and our latest find, Pieropan ‘Calvarino’ Soave Classico 2017, won the Tre Bicchieri in 2020. Accolades have poured in from the leading connoisseurs: 92/100 points and Highly Recommended status from the connoisseurs at Decanter; 94 points from James Suckling, who writes, ‘Lovely aromas and flavors of cooked peaches and straw. Medium to full body. Creamy texture. Flavorful finish. Salty and minerally. Pumice, too. And from Ian Ian d’Agata, 92 points: ‘The intensely floral nose (buttercups, orange blossom, jasmine, peony) also hints at nectarine, peach and orange oil. Suggestions of cinnamon and cloves complicate the pomaceous orchard fruit flavors in the mouth. Finishes long and concentrated. Drink 2020-2024.’
It really is a delicious wine, which the Club Tasting Panel highly recommend: it offers fresh, floral aromas of elderflower, lemon and cherry, the palate dry, well balanced and elegant, with tremendous length and finesse.
Pieropan’s estate covers 58 hectares of vineyard which are situated on the stony hills of Soave Classico. The Pieropan family have been producing wines in Soave since the 1890s—and the first 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 producer in Soave to make a single vineyard wine, ‘Calvarino’, in 1971.
Calvarino takes its name, ‘little Calvary’, from the steepness of the slope and the difficulty this presents in working the vineyard. Its basalt soil is classic in this part of Soave and is planted with Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave. The Garganega gives structure and acidity to the wines; the Trebbiano di Soave gives perfume and richness of flavour. There are usually at least two passes through the vineyard to ensure the grapes are picked at the best possible stage of ripeness. The vineyards are farmed organically. The vines are between 30 and 60 years old and are planted 200 to 300 metres above sea level.
The grapes were destemmed and crushed, the free-run juice was fermented at controlled temperatures between 16 and 18°C. The Calvarino is not aged in oak but remains on its lees for a year, adding complexity and depth to the final wine. It remained in bottle for a few months before release. Drinking beautifully now, it will continue to improve until 2022.
70% Garganega, 30% Trebbiano di Soave. Organic. ABV 12.5%.
Case of 12 bottles. Non Members £309. CCUK £219 with free UK mainland delivery.