92 Pts Antonio Galloni - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Pieropanâs 2008 Soave Classico La Rocca emerges with hints of ash, spices, dried apricots and flowers, all of which are woven in a rich, textured fabric of inimitable class. A clean vein of minerality runs through the wine, adding a sense of balance and proportion. The rich, creamy finish rounds things out quite nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018." 92 Points - Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate
"The vineyard âLa Roccaâ is situated on the Monte Rocchetta hill, just below the mediaeval castle built by the Scaligeri family in the town of Soave. The microclimate in this vineyard produces wines with a unique perfume and distinctive taste. The grapes are picked when very ripe, often as late as the end of October, giving tremendous complexity and aromatic qualities to the wine, making it a wine of great breeding. The wine was first made under this label in 1978."
"Hand picked at the end of October, often in two harvests to select the ripest grapes.
The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed with the free run juice fermented separately between 14-18Â°C in glass-lined cement tanks.
At the end of fermentation, the wine is racked into barrels of between 2000 and 500 litres capacity where it ages for around a year. During this period, the wine remains on the fine lees where is acquires complexity and a rich bouquet. It is held in bottle for some time before release."
"Brilliant and intense yellow colour; characterful wine, reminiscent of exotic fruit and nuts on the nose; soft and persistent on the palate, with hints of spice and vanilla.
Makes an excellent partner to complex dishes, even with strong flavours particularly risottos such as porcini, or celery, squash and almond, salt cod and other fish including salmon, scallops and crab." -Winery
"Four generations have worked at the Pieropan family estate since its foundation in 1890, each contributing something different depending on their generation, their knowledge and their entrepreneurial spirit. Viticulture and vinification began with Leonildo, a doctor in the small town of Soave, who, driven by his understanding of biology and chemistry began working in the family vineyards and cellars."
"His sons, Fausto and Gustavo continued his work with great passion, but the turning point for the estate came with Leonildo, grandson of the founder who, with the force of his sense of vocation, carved out his own style. A belief in the central importance of the vine, an unceasing pursuit of quality and innovative winemaking processes are the key charactestics of the Pieropan identity." -Winery