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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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Pojer & Sandri Vin dei Molino Rosato 2016 750ml
Pojer & Sandri Vin dei Molino Rosato 2016 750ml
Price: $22.99

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.
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