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Pieropan Recioto Di Soave Colombare 2004

Other Dessert from Veneto, Italy
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  • WE92
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Winemaker Notes

This dessert wine is obtained from the shrivelled "recie" ("ears" in the venetian dialect) of choice Garganega grapes, the top part of each bunch, with the ripest and best exposed berries. The bunches are laid out on traditional straw mats, in well aired room for few months.

In early spring, the semi-dried grapes are pressed, and the resulting wine is aged in oak barrels for two years. Intense gold, almost amber coloured, delicately... View More

Critical Acclaim

RP 93
The Wine Advocate

The 2004 Recioto di Soave Le Colombare is Garganega that is air-dried for several months prior to being vinified and then aged in French oak. This sumptuous dessert wine flows from the glass with honey, flowers, dried figs, apricots, candied orange peel and a multitude of aromas and flavors that engage the senses in stunning style. Le Colombare is a great wine to match with cheeses. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2014.

This is another strong showing from Pieropan, one of the reference-point producer for the wines of Soave.

W&S 93
Wine & Spirits

Made from garganega grapes that are air dried then fermented and aged in oak for two years, this is beguiling in its rich balance of savory and sweet, a compelling, intensely structured dessert wine. Initial flavors or smoked apple and spiced plum shift with air, becoming white peach and apricot, with an edge of minerality. The best part is the finish, which feels like it could last forever.

WE 92
Wine Enthusiast

Beautiful and luminous, this amber-colored Recioto di Soave is generous and opulent. Its many aromatic layers include apricot, honey, toasted almond and butterscotch. It has rich sweetness and enough tingling acidity to tickle your tongue and keep the palate refreshed.

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Pieropan

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Pieropan, , Italy
Pieropan
Enclosed by the original town walls and dominated by its medieval fortress, Soave has a peaceful, timeless quality about it. In the heart of the old town is the winery of Leonildo and Teresita Pieropan, which goes back to 1860. The present Leonildo ("Nino")'s grandfather, Leonildo Senior, founded the estate and 'invented' Recioto di Soave, a concentrated dessert wine applying a system similar to Tuscany's governo to the indigenous, white Garganega grape.

Today, the estate's 74... View More

Alexander Valley

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A source of Sonoma Cabernet that can rival its Napa Valley neighbors...

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A source of Sonoma Cabernet that can rival its Napa Valley neighbors, the Alexander Valley is the hottest AVA in the county. This large and heavily planted appellation is only 25 miles from the coast, but it is relatively free of fog due to the sheltering effects of the mountain ranges in between. However, the Russian River, which runs through the valley, creates cool-climate pockets and soft, alluvial soil ideal for grape-growing.

In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes up over 50% of plantings, Merlot and other [Bordeaux] varieties as well as Zinfandel thrive here, all of which take on a bold and voluptuous personality. Ample, fleshy Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate white wine production. Some old-vine plantings of Grenache have been discovered here, and more recent experiments with Sangiovese and [Barbera] show great promise.