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The Wines of Trentino–Alto Adige

Wines of Trentino-Alto AdigeAlthough Trentino–Alto Adige are not casually affianced, the hyphen between them is not a gratuitous one. While they may constitute a single political entity, their ostensibly shared history actually evidences distinctions that resonate in their contemporary identities and culture. The major point of difference issues from the extent of their relations with Austria. While both were under the latter’s rule from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the close of the First World War, Alto Adige and Austria go back much further— to the Middle Ages, to be precise. Thus, Alto Adige retains far more substantive vestiges of this affiliation than does Trentino, expressed most demonstratively in the bilingual culture, wherein Alto Adige is referred to as Südtirol and German wine names and appellations co-exist with their Italian counterparts.
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Nals Margreid Pinot Grigio 2017 750ml
Nals Margreid Pinot Grigio 2017 750ml
Price: $21.99

Acidity, intensity, texture, and minerality combine to make Nals Margreid’s Pinot Grigio delicious, food-friendly and captivating. Crisp orchard and vivid citrus fruits mingle with crushed river rocks, pressed white flowers, and touches of fresh herbs, earth and almonds in Nals Margreid’s enchanting ’17 Pinot Grigio. Vibrant fruits wrap around the wine’s steely mineral core, while elegant acidity propels this unique Pinot Grigio to a lingering, savory finish--it’s delicious! This cru bottling derives from the collective’s clay-rich Punggl vineyard sporting 80-year-old vines; after fermentation, the wine ages for five months in stainless steel, protocol that retains the wine’s spectacular terroir. more info
Cantina Terlano Terlaner I Grande Cuvee 2013 750ml
Cantina Terlano Terlaner I Grande Cuvee 2013 750ml
Price: $239.00

A top-tier release from Cantina Terlan that saw its inaugural vintage in 2011, the ’13 Terlaner I Grande Cuvée gleams a brilliant straw yellow in the glass, a gem-like hue that hints at the wine’s multi-faceted beauty. This pure, intense, and layered wine bursts with orchard and citrus fruits, smoky minerality, peppery spices, crushed chamomile and fresh-cut herbs in a kaleidoscopic palate that changes by turns, revealing dizzying layers of flavors and textures. Exceptionally elegant, the ’13 Terlaner I Grande Cuvée lays its succulent fruit on a sturdy mineral spine that revs up its intensity as it glides to a lingering, impressive finish--this bottling is a fine-boned, aristocratic and deceptively powerful take on long-aging, high altitude Italian white wine. This collector Alto Adige white has the legs for the long haul; you can drink it now with liberal decanting, but it’ll hit its stride in a few years, when it’ll drink for a decade, likely longer. A blend composed of 90% Pinot Bianco, 7% Chardonnay, and 3% Sauvignon Blanc, the grapes for this wine ferment in whole clusters in large wooden vats; the wine ages on the lees for a year in botti before the final blend is composed and the wine is bottled. more info
Cantina Terlano Terlaner Classico Alto Adige 1986 750ml
Cantina Terlano Terlaner Classico Alto Adige 1986 750ml
Price: $249.99

This Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc blend offers indescribable beauty, and this ’86 bottle, wonderful vintage for this wine, is perfect for drinking right now. Honeyed, ripe fruits, toasted nuts, minerals, dried and fresh flowers, and many more notes will be evident in this mature Alto Adige wine that will bring to mind a textured Alsatian white and a mature white Burgundy. A cooperative of more than 100 wine growers located in Alto Adige’s Dolomite Mountains, Cantina Terlato has more than 2,000 years of winemaking history on its side. It also has some extraordinary terroir. Sheltered in a hollow of the Alps, Terlano’s 300 acres boast south-facing vineyards that rise from 820-3,000 feet above sea level, but best of all, the soil is this volcanic rock that retains heat, allowing the vines to stay warm when it gets cold and sloughing off water when it rains. This cooperative makes some of the best whites in all of Italy. more info