2019 Calvarino Soave Classico, Pieropan
The volcanic and limestone hillsides of the original Soave area are recognised as top-quality terroirs for white wine. Pieropan is king here - the first to bottle under the Soave name in the thirties, and the first to make a premium, single vineyard Soave: Calvarino, followed by La Rocca. Both are now known for their ability to take on fabulous complexity - and excellent quality for the price. Calvarino comes from a steep vineyard on classic volcanic soils, shows pristine white fruit and delicate green herbs. A well-priced alternative to Chablis or White Burgundy, and a great match to many foods.
"The 2019 Soave Classico Calvarino opens slowly, yet time in the glass reveals a pungent mix of lemon oil and wet stone, offset by an enriching note of almond paste. This is elegant, with medium-bodied weight nicely contrasted by brilliant acidity and zesty green citrus tones that build tension. The 2019 Calvarino finishes long and lightly structured, leaving the cheeks puckering, as hints of kiwi skin and minerals fade. There’s a seriously bright future here. In 2019, the Calvarino production was reduced by 30% due to frost. Drink 2023-2033." Eric Guido, Vinous.com