Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino 2009
White Blends from Veneto, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Pale straw yellow, with greenish reflections when young. Turns golden with aging. The aroma is fresh and flowery with aromas of elder, lemon and cherry. The palate is dry, well balanced and elegant, with tremendous length and finesse.
It makes an excellent aperitif and partners a wide range of dishes, especially vegetable quiches, delicately-flavored fish, shellfish and cheese soufflés.
"Bright straw-green. Knockout nose combines green apple, yellow plum, minerals, licorice and chamomile notes, complicated by fresh white flowers and mint. Then suave, fresh and pure, with outstanding intensity and depth to the white stone fruit and floral flavors. Spreads out horizontally to coat the palate, finishing with lovely subtle persistence and vibrant acidity. Very pure, scented wine and one of the most successful recent vintages of Calvarino. This will age splendidly: bottles in my cellar from the early '90s are still in top shape.
International Wine Cellar
"There's a fine, minerally salinity here, and an overall sense of finesse to the sleek acidity and finely woven flavors of yellow apple, melon, almond cream, lemon curd and hint of honey. Lovely now, but should open up more with a little age."
"This beautiful Soave Classico (which is aged on the lees for a creamier, fuller style) delivers gorgeous density and persistency. The intensity the wine shows in the mouth is matched by fragrant notes of yellow rose, stone fruit and white almond."
"From a hillside of 30 to 60 year old garganega and trebbiano di Soave vines, this wine is aged in glass-lined cement tanks, developing substantial richness from contact with the fine lees. It's smooth with fresh cream and orange zest flavors, chalky and round. An elegant white for roast cod."
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Learn About Pieropan
Enclosed by the original town walls and dominated by its medieval fortress, Soave has a peaceful, timeless quality about it. In the heart of the old town is the winery of Leonildo and Teresita Pieropan, which goes back to 1860. The present Leonildo (Nino)'s grandfather, Leonildo Senior, founded the estate and 'invented' Recioto di Soave, a concentrated dessert wine applying a...
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Learn About Veneto
Located in Northeast Italy, near the Austrian border, and one of the three regions making up the Tre-Venezie, Veneto is most famous for its city of love, Venice. In the wine world, Veneto is the top volume producer in the north of Italy. Production includes lovely spritzy Proseccos (also the grape name), as well as the easy-drinking white wine of Soave (made...
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