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Pieropan Soave Classico 2014

Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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12% ABV
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3.7 7 Ratings
12% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Straw yellow with brilliant, greenish and golden reflections, the bouquet is fresh, ample & floral with notes of elderberry, apple, pear and lemon verbena on a background of almonds and nuts; fresh, elegant & well balanced on the palate, with a long finish.

Blend: 85% Garganega and 15% Trebbiano di Soave

Critical Acclaim

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D 93
Decanter
There is a curious, engaging but subtle salty quality to the Soaves I enjoy the most. Flavors whirl around the mouth. It is here, this saltiness, energizing and invigorating. And it's persistent. Evidence that Garganega is an impressive grape. That Soave is truly a noble wine. Drink 2016-2019.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
This wine is delicately perfumed with scents of pressed white flower, pear, white stone fruit and crushed rock. Crisp acidity carries the yellow apple, citrus zest and pineapple flavors while a light mineral vein backs up the finish.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
Flavors of Bosc pear and juicy lemon give way to creamy notes of lemon curd and cheese rind that feel rich and warm. The finish is round and ripe, with a pulse of zesty acidity that keeps it fresh and food-friendly.
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Pieropan

Pieropan

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Pieropan, Soave, Veneto, Italy
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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 system similar to Tuscany's governo to the indigenous, white Garganega grape.

Today, the estate's 74 acres under vine include three single vineyards, all within the historical backbone of the Soave appellation (Soave Classico): Calvarino, La Rocca and Le Colombare. Terrain is respectively clayey/basaltic, calcareous/clayey, and clayey/marly/tuffaceous, yielding small crops of highly concentrated Garganega and Trebbiano grapes. The range is crafted by Leonildo himself, whose wine-making genius, constant research and innovative methods have carved a unique niche for these exceptional, extract-full and long-living whites that go far, far beyond their own appellation.

Garganega

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Flourishing in the rolling vineyards surrounding the medieval village of Soave in the Veneto region, Garganega is one of Italy’s classic white varieties. It makes up 70 to 100% of any Soave (white wine) by law, with the remainder finished off traditionally by Trebbiano di Soave for its crispness. More recently international varieties like Chardonnay are being used to create softer and fruitier Soave.

The best Soave wines come from the Soave Classico zone, where the hills are made of decomposed granite soils and have the capacity to produce elegant and vibrant wines. The remainder of the zone tends to give rounder and fuller versions of Garganega.

Garganega’s best white wines are steely and delicate with yellow peach, melon, almond, Herbs de Provence and lime zest flavors and aromas. Its simpler versions can offer great values and make wonderful quaffers. If you like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris, try Graganega for something a little different.

GZT10079282_2014 Item# 143870