Robert Parker 94
Celebrating its 50th anniversary (1971-2021), the organic Pieropan 2021 Soave Classico Calvarino has a soft and richly textured side that is contrasted against the bright citrusy and mineral flavors that the Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave grapes are known for. This blend sees 70% of the first grape and 30% of the second, and the wine is aged in cement for up to 15 months. That’s the special quality offered by Calvarino, a wine that is modern yet also rooted in local tradition. You get a lot of food-pairing potential out of this bottle, whether it be sushi or roasted chicken. Production is 70,000 bottles.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2030
Kerin O’Keefe 94
The fantastic 2021 Pieropan Calvarino opens with aromas of Spanish broom, stone fruits, wet pebbles and Alpine herbs. On the savory, structured palate, fresh acidity accompanies ripe apricots, peaches and citrus before closing on notes of saline and white almonds. It shows balance, finesse and great fruit.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2033
There’s something especially spicy and enticing about the 2021 Soave Classico Calvarino. White smoke and honeyed floral aromas give way to ground ginger and crushed green apples. It’s deeply textural, nearly oily, and young peach nuances swirl throughout. Residual acids keep you returning to the glass as zesty yellow citrus offsets liquid stone through the youthfully tense finale. This is an absolutely stunning performance for Calvarino, and as primary as it is today, I can’t help but pour another glass. The 2021 was matured entirely in glass-lined cement tanks for one year. The 2021 Calvarino is a powerful terroir representation.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2031