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Calvarino 5 is the first wine of the “Vini dell’Anima” collection. Born from a project by Leonildo Pieropan and his sons Dario and Andrea, it is a blend of five Calvarino vintages (2008-2009-2010-2011-2012) aged for at least 10 years in large cement tanks on lees in the cellar.
This is a fascinating wine highlighting the incredible results blending across vintages can deliver.
Cool years add zip and freshness, warm years fuller flavours, complexity and textural elements. Time integrating all seamlessly.
The musical label connects the 5 vintages with a gentle flow. 50% of the blend comes from the cooler 2010 & 2008 vintages.
Tasting the 2011 as normally produced for the Calvarino vintage releases alongside the C5 made for a fascinating comparison. It has aged remarkably. On opening, it looked quite developed then quickly freshened in the glass to offer many of Calvarino’s hallmark traits. With the Pedigree of the Calvarino vineyard, it’s no surprise the C5 is so delicious!
I’ve been fortunate to see other white wines made following similar practices. Schloss Gobelsburg’s Tradition Heritage Cuvée 3 Years & the epic 50 Years iteration from Austria the most significant.
The production techniques yield wines with development and at the same time freshness.
The C5 looks like it is 3-5 years old not 15! The flowing, caressing, gentle texture and wonderful harmony, not typical for a young wine, give an inkling of its age. Rather than dissect it just enjoy the cashmere of wine.
A very delicate version of fine limoncello, herbs and spices add to a mille-feuille of flavours so seamlessly integrated that none stand out above another.
*Purchases of 3 bottle lots will come in a hinged & latched wooden box
Made with a blend of fruit from five vintages (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), Pieropan’s NV Calvarino 5 is a very special wine that recalls local winemaking tradition that once saw multiple vintages used to make a wine. This expression really is spectacular, with an herbal aromatic opening that recalls mint and eucalyptus oil. From there, the bouquet delivers tropical tones and lots of spicy notes of saffron and dried ginger root. I don’t think I have ever encountered a wine quite like this. It sees 10 long years in cement for a silky and creamy mouthfeel.
Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate 95 Points
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The Calvarino vineyard is in the heart of the Soave Classico zone and represents the core of the ancient family estate, bought at the beginning of 1900. The soil here dates back to the tertiary era and is rich in clay and tufaceous basalt which give the wine an attractive savoury, mineral quality. The label was first released in 1971 and is symbolic of the most traditional, most characteristic wine from the Soave area.
Denomination: Soave Classico DOC.
Grape variety: Garganega: 70% Trebbiano di Soave: 30%
Geographical location: Hillside vineyard in the Soave classico zone.
Vineyard characteristics: Volcanic soils, tufaceous and basalt rich, from the Eocene era.
Altitude: 200-300 m above sea level, facing north-west.
Training: Traditional pergola veronese with 3000 vines per hectare.
Defence method: Holistic, low environmental impact approach to pest control.
Buds per vine: 8 buds per vine.
Average age of vines: 30-60 years old. Yields: 60 hl per hectare (2 kilos per vine)
Harvesting: Hand-picked, often in two harvests to select the ripest grapes. Picking begins in mid-September for Trebbiano di Soave and in October for the Garganega grapes.
Vinification techniques: The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed with the free-run juice fermented separately between 16-18°C in glass-lined cement tanks. Ageing: The wine ages in glass-lined cement tanks for a year. During this period, it remains on the fine lees for increased richness and complexity. After bottling, it ages slowly in the bottle for a few months before release.
Organoleptic properties: pale straw yellow, with greenish reflections when young; golden with ageing; the aroma is fresh, flowery with aromas of elder, lemon and cherry; the palate is dry, well balanced and elegant, with tremendous length and finesse.
Leonildo (Nino) Pieropan showed the world just how great Garganega can be. Nino recognised the importance of terroir early on, expanding the family’s hillside vineyards and creating his single vineyard wines, Calvarino in 1971 and La Rocca in 1978. Today, sons Andrea (viticulturist) and Dario (winemaker), maintain the family’s profound commitment to the terroir and tradition of Soave and, more recently, Valpolicella. The single vineyard Soave wines, Calvarino and La Rocca, are polar opposites, yet they share a remarkable capacity to age gracefully. Calvarino, with 30% Trebbiano, is oak-free with pure fruit that is tight and minerally. La Rocca, from the vineyard that overlooks the town itself, is late harvested and aged in large cask, displaying ripe tropical fruit with an intense, layered palate that is velvety and persistent.
The video below offers an excellent profile of Pieropan. Digging into the history of the winery and winemaking in the region. Enjoy!
Listen to Andrea Pieropan discuss Pieropan’s history with Monty Waldin.
In 2022 Pieropan opened a new winery built into the hillside below their vineyards. Below you see botte on the left used to age La Rocca and cement tanks on the right used to age Calvarino.
Is located in Soave in the region of Veneto in the north-east of Italy. Soave lies just to the west of Verona.
Made with a blend of fruit from five vintages (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), Pieropan's NV Calvarino 5 is a very special wine that recalls local winemaking tradition that once saw multiple vintages used to make a wine. This expression really is spectacular, with an herbal aromatic opening that recalls mint and eucalyptus oil. From there, the bouquet delivers tropical tones and lots of spicy notes of saffron and dried ginger root. I don't think I have ever encountered a wine quite like this. It sees 10 long years in cement for a silky and creamy mouthfeel.
Where in the world does the magic happen?
Azienda Agricola Pieropan