Pinot Blanc from Alto Adige, Italy.
SRP of $16 and available for as low as $14. Sample received courtesy Cornerstone Communications for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Bright straw yellow with fine greenish reflexes. Very fine bouquet, soft notes of apple dominate. Very straightforward on the palate with an elegant freshness and minerality and fine structure.Today we travel back to Alto Adige to taste another wine from one of the more popular varieties in the area, Pinot Blanc (otherwise known as Weissburgunder). Since this area didn't become part of Italy until after WWI, both Italian and German are still spoken here, which is the reason for the use of Weissburgunder on the label.
Alto Adige is blessed with a unique landscape that is very pro-grape. Over 300 days of sunshine a year, a mild climate with the mountains protecting the vineyards from the cold winds and a big differential between day and night temperatures are just a few of the features that allow grapes to thrive, and therefore great wine to be made.
The 2010 Erste + Neue Weissburgunder-Pinot Blanc begins with very light and delicate aromas of apples, flowers and a touch of fresh herbs. Tasting the wine reveals mineral soaked juicy fruit, good acidity and a really pleasant mouthfeel. The wine has a bit of a creamy texture and liveliness to it that is quite appealing. The finish is great and has good length. This is one of those wines that just gets better and better the longer you sip it.
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Taste Rating: 8 Cost Rating: 6
Overall Rating: 7.5
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Other wines in the Wines From Alto Adige series:
2010 Nals Margreid Penon Pinot Bianco
2009 Manincor Lagrein Rubatsch
2010 San Pietro Lagrein
2011 Castelfeder "15" Pinot Grigio
2010 Colterenzio Weisshaus Pinot Bianco
2009 Castel Sallegg Lagrein Riserva
2011 Nals Margreid Galea Vernatsch Schiava
More to come...
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