70% Garganega, 30% Trebbiano cru wine from the homonymous vineyard, which was the estate's original nucleus. Straw yellow with brilliant, greenish and golden reflections, the bouquet is fresh, ample and floral with notes of elderberry, apple, pear and lemon verbena on a background of almonds and nuts; fresh, elegant and well balanced on the palate, with a long finish.
"The 2008 Soave Classico Calvarino is a touch more buttoned-up and vibrant than the La Rocca. Here the fruit shows gorgeous focus and drive in a taut, energetic style. This, too, possesses great overall balance, and may ultimately be the better wine to pair with food. Light floral, honeyed tones ring out on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
Pieropan remains a leading figure in Soave. The estate’s newest venture into Amarone remains a work in progress.
The Wine Advocate
"Tangy acidity plays off of the silky texture here, joined by flavors of green apple, fennel seed, white peach, tangerine and almond. This is a lively white, with a minerally base and a lingering nut- and anise-tinged finish. Drink now through 2013. 3,333 cases made."
"This vintage of Calvarino shows elegant mineral notes of brimstone and talc followed by beautiful fruit intensity. The 2008 expression shows slightly less acidity on the close."
This has to be one of my favorite whites. A lovely wine to serve at weddings and elegant birthdays. I liked drinking this so much I didn't want to try the red wine being served.