Calvarino means “little Calvary,” a reference to the difficulties of working the vines on this steep slope in the heart of the Soave Classico zone. Calvarino was the Pieropan family’s first vineyard, purchased in 1901, and its blend of garganega and trebbiano di Soave vines created the region’s first single-vineyard bottling in 1971. The wine remains a reference point wine in 2021, from a warm and dry growing season that imparted a tropical ripeness and honeyed richness. Aromas of orange blossom, peach and melon explode from the glass, the bold fruit flavors drawn together by a taut line of acidity and a cool mineral undertone.
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