Pieropan, Soave Classico (Veneto, Italy) “La Rocca” 2011

($30, Empson USA): Grapes from La Rocca vineyard are typically riper than from Pieropan’s Calvarino vineyard and explain why his La Rocca bottling is more intense.  In contrast to Pieropan’s Calvarino Soave, La Rocca undergoes a little oak aging, which adds richness, without being obvious. La Rocca, despite the oak aging and increased power, has lost none of Pieropan’s hallmark elegance.  A heftier wine, La Rocca would be a good choice with more intensely flavored fare, such as linguine with a clam sauce.
92 Michael Apstein Mar 4, 2014