Pieropan New Vintage Release - Huge Savings
Pieropan is one of the great names in Soave. The straight Soave is typically one of the great values in Italy, while the higher-end bottlings have proven to age quite beautifully, the Calvarino in particular. ANTONIO GALLONI
You may remember a similar Pieropan offer in the early days of Covid lockdowns. The offer received such successful feedback from our customers that we decided to bring it back, but this time I am pleased to be announcing the new 2018 vintage release of the Estate’s two Cru wines: ‘La Rocca’ and ‘Calvarino’.
Pieropan remains one of the greatest estates in Soave and their entry level Soave is one of the best value whites in Italy. We have not wavered on this in many, many years and the critics agree.
Soave, east of Verona: encircled by the original enclosures of the town and dominated by a 13th century fortress. At the heart of the Classico zone lies the Pieropan property, which dates back to 1890. Leonildo ‘Nino’ Pieropan, the first man to show the rest of the world just how fantastic the Garganega grape is, sadly passed away in 2018, but left behind a remarkable legacy and a strong foundation of beliefs in the importance of terroir; this is apparent in the vineyard sites, which are well established today.
His sons, Dario (winemaker) and Andrea (viticulturalist) have continued the family tradition in Soave Classico and successfully converted all their vineyards to organic practices. The Pieropan Family vineyards lie on the volcanic hills above Soave proper. The quality of their wines consistently push the benchmark further in the region – making the competition between the top guns fierce.
The daily-drinking Soave Classico DOC is mostly Garganega with about 10-15% Trebbiano di Soave. The nose is wonderfully aromatic, the palate delicate and focused with excellent depth and impressive overall balance. I’ll say it again: one of the best value wines of Italy!
Leonildo pushed the envelope all those years ago and began insisting that his cru wines (La Rocca and Calvarino) be cellared. The estate’s two Cru wines hold a very prestigious track record for cellaring and will certainly challenge your understanding of the quality that the region can achieve.
Calvarino (little Calvary) is named for the steepness of the site and the difficulty that presents in tending the vines. It is planted to 70% Garganega and 30% Trebbiano di Soave; the former lending structure and the latter richness and weight. The site here always delivers a wine with a backbeat of minerality overlaid with typical Soave fruit characteristics of apple, apricot and almond flowers. Cellar life is known to stretch to 15 years in the best vintages.
La Rocca is named after the medieval castle and fortress overlooking the town. Made from 100% Garganega, grown on calcareous soil (the only soil of its type in Soave) and harvested quite late. Following a brief skin maceration, fermentation takes place in tonneaux before transfer to 20hl barrels, where it is aged on fine lees for one year. Intense, sunny yellow in colour, the nose recalls ripe exotic fruit and roasted nuts, the multi-layered palate is complex with perfectly balanced richness and outstanding length.
There’s a few ways to purchase today; If you know you love that daily-drinking Soave you can purchase singles, six-packs, or straight-dozens bringing the bottle price down to $25.41 OR you can choose our Mixed Dozen, which includes 6 of the Soave Classico, 3 La Rocca, and 3 Calvarino for $490 – saving you even more per bottle! If you’re feeling fancy and just want some bottles to cellar then feel free to purchase La Rocca and Calvarino at your leisure. Or make your own mix…it’s all yours!