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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.
Pojer & Sandri Vin dei Molino Rosato 2013 750ml
Pojer & Sandri Vin dei Molino Rosato 2013 750ml
Price: $22.99

Bone dry with an abundance of wild berries, a rich mouthfeel and vibrant, tangy finish, this mono-varietal wine is pure Alto Adige. It’s 100% Rotberger, a grape that’s a cross between Schiava and Riesling Renano, and it’s a light, refreshing red wine that drinks like a white. Given that it hails from a polyglot land where everyone speaks multiple languages and dialects, the unusualness of this grape and this wine makes sense. More importantly, the wine is light, refreshing, scented with wildflowers and sunlit crushed berries, showing notes of black currants and ripe elderberry, and finishing with spice and piquant bitter almond. Perfect for apperitivi or lunch, this Rosato is drinking now.
Pojer & Sandri Vin dei Molino Rosato 2016 750ml
Pojer & Sandri Vin dei Molino Rosato 2016 750ml
Price: $22.99
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Bone dry with an abundance of wild berries, a rich mouth-feel and vibrant, tangy finish, this mono-varietal wine is pure Alto Adige. It’s 100% Rotberger, a grape that’s a cross between Schiava and Riesling Renano, and it’s a light, refreshing red grape that drinks like a white. Given that it hails from a polyglot land where everyone speaks multiple languages and dialects, the unusualness of this grape and this wine makes sense. More importantly, the wine is light, refreshing, scented with wildflowers and sunlit crushed berries, showing notes of black currants and ripe elderberry, and finishing with spice and piquant bitter almond. Perfect for apperitivi or lunch, this Rosato is drinking now.
Nals Margreid Pinot Noir Classico 2017 750ml
Nals Margreid Pinot Noir Classico 2017 750ml
Price: $25.99

This delicate, ethereal, and mouth-watering Pinot Noir reflects its high-altitude terroir with its sneaky power and its delicious fruits. This ’17 Pinot Noir crackles with energetic red fruits and broods with sappy blue fruits that waft with warm earth, spice box, white pepper, and wildflower petals. Dusty tannins cling to the cheeks as vibrant acidity and a sinuous skein of minerality help this alpine Pinot glide to a lingering, food-friendly finish. This cru bottling derives from the collective’s sandy, clayey Mazzon vineyard; after fermentation, the wine ages for eight months in botti, choices that marry Italian tradition with international style. Drink now, or over the medium term.
Nals Margreid Sirmian Pinot Bianco 2016 750ml
Nals Margreid Sirmian Pinot Bianco 2016 750ml
Price: $33.99
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2016 saw one of the latest harvests in Alto Adige, and this powerful yet focused ’16 Sirmian Pinot Bianco reflects its grapes’ extended hang-time in its honeyed notes, concentrated palate, and seductive aromatics. Crushed saline minerals frame this wine’s succulent yellow berries and juicy tropical fruits, while fresh-cut herbs, pressed white wildflowers, and a kiss of wood provide a tantalizing backdrop. For all this wine’s density, its lively mineral core keeps it supple as its driving minerality pushes it to a lingering, lip-smacking finish. This is a must-have northern Italian white! Deriving from a high-altitude vineyard rich in porphyry, chalk, mica and gneiss, Pinot Blanc grapes ferment in stainless steel, and the wine ages for eight months in a combination of steel tanks and oak barrels.
Nals Margreid Sirmian Pinot Bianco 2013 750ml
Nals Margreid Sirmian Pinot Bianco 2013 750ml
Price: $48.99

Upon release, this ’13 Sirmian Pinot Bianco was lauded for its rich tapestry of tropical, orchard, and citrus fruits, as well as its balance between its full body and its fresh acidity. Now with a half-decade of age, this wine is coming into its own, layering its succulent fruits on a framework of baking spices, crushed rocks, toffee, lemon zest and a sprinkling of herbs. At once kinetic and silky, this Pinot Bianco glides across the palate, releasing a kiss of botrytis that’s complemented by saline minerals, pressed herbs, and orchard fruits. Enjoyable now, the ’13 Sirmian Pinot Bianco has years ahead of it! Deriving from a high-altitude vineyard rich in porphyry, chalk, mica and gneiss, Pinot Blanc grapes ferment in stainless steel, and the wine ages for eight months in oak barrels.
Cantina Terlano Terlaner I Grande Cuvee 2013 750ml
Cantina Terlano Terlaner I Grande Cuvee 2013 750ml
Price: $239.00

The top-tier wine release from Cantina Terlano, the ’13 Terlano I Grande Cuvée gleams a brilliant straw yellow, and it bursts with orchard and citrus fruits, smoky minerality, peppery spices, crushed chamomile and fresh-cut herbs. This collector cuvée is an exceptionally elegant wine that lays its succulent fruit on a sturdy mineral spine--it’s a fine-boned, aristocratic and deceptively powerful look at high altitude Italian wine. Structured, vivacious and transparent, this Alto Adige white has the legs for the long haul. 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.
Cantina Terlano Terlaner Rarity 1991 750ml
Cantina Terlano Terlaner Rarity 1991 750ml
Price: $299.00

Fratelli Lunelli Riserva Giulio Ferrari 1991 1.5L
Fratelli Lunelli Riserva Giulio Ferrari 1991 1.5L
Price: $360.00
Currently Unavailable.