Showing posts with label alto-adige. Show all posts
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  • Friday, June 2, 2017

Penon Pinot Bianco 2014 (Italy) - Wine Review

white wine review is a new wine that arrived at the LCBO as part of the VINTAGES Release and is still widely available throughout the province.

It is produced by Cantina Nals Margreid, a cooperative winery in Italy's northernmost winegrowing area, where 138 winegrowers from across South Tyrol bring their grapes to the Nals Margreid Winery. Developed over millennia, viticulture is deeply rooted in South Tyrol, and the winery has been keeping up South Tyrolean wine culture traditions since 1932.

This Pinot Bianco (aka Pinot Blanc) is a single vineyard wine from the Penon vineyard, located on the slopes of Margreid in South Tyrol, with its pure limestone gravel soils, at an elevation between 2,300 and 2,800 feet above sea level. At this elevation, it is particularly warm and favours late maturation, with grapes turning out small and intense.

Penon Pinot Bianco 2014 (89 pts)

Tasting Note:

PENON PINOT BIANCO 2014 - DOC Alto Adige, Italy (#478065) (XD) - $24.95
Aged for 6 months in steel tanks and big oak barrels. Honeyed melon aromas from the cork. Floral honeysuckle, lemony, and hints of beeswax aromas with mineral underpinnings of medium-high intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-full bodied with a slightly oily texture, and vibrant, refreshing acids. There's a vague impression of sweetness, but it's essentially dry on the flavour profile with notes of lemon, honeysuckle, beeswax, saline, and mineral. It finishes long and minerally. A fine match for salads or all manners seafood. Drink now. Score: 89 pts

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  • Sunday, December 25, 2016

Abbazia di Novacella Müller-Thurgau 2014 (Italy) - Wine Review

wine is more suitable for summer time drinking rather than a dinner in winter. Nevertheless, this is what's in my glass tonight.

This white wine was purchased in the summer from the VINTAGES Release and, surprisingly, a few bottles are still available at the LCBO.

Abbazia di Novacella Müller-Thurgau 2014 (89 pts)

Tasting Note:

ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA MÜLLER-THURGAU 2014 - DOC Valle Isarco Alto Adige, Italy (#452557) (XD) - $19.95
Springtime floral and citrus aromas from the cork. More spring flower and lemon citrus aromas along with some earthy mineral and herbal notions of medium+ intensity. Very mineral and salty on the medium-bodied palate with citrus, spring flower and stone fruit flavours. Lemony acids are fresh and juicy. A crunchy mouthfeel and nicely textured. The finish length is very good to excellent. Score: 89 pts

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  • Friday, March 4, 2016

Nals Margreid Baron Salvadori Riserva Chardonnay 2012 (Alto Adige) - Wine Review

wine is a delightful follow-up to the 2013 Nals Margreid Pinot Noir that I opened up in January. From Winery Nals Margreid top-of-the-line Baron Salvadori Selection series, the grapes for this Chardonnay come from the Margreid Vineyard in the lower west part of the valley. It has limestone gravel soils and was aged in 12 months tonneaux large casks.

This opulent and rich white wine is from the VINTAGES Release (tomorrow) and will be available in very limited quantities at VINTAGES Flagship Stores.

Nals Margreid Baron Salvadori Riserva Chardonnay 2012 - DOC Südtirol/Alto Adige, Italy (90+ pts)

Tasting Note:

NALS MARGREID BARON SALVADORI RISERVA CHARDONNAY 2012 - DOC Südtirol/Alto Adige, Italy (#435404) (XD) - $34.95
Peach and citrus with sweet vanilla aromas from the cork. Highly aromatic and inviting nose of pineapple, coconut, butterscotch, vanilla and hints of poached pear. Also just a touch reductive on the nose. On the full-bodied palate, it is rich and creamy with apple, nut and toasted oak flavours framed by bright and juicy acids. The dry, caramel-tinged finish lingers for quite a while. Score: 90+ pts

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  • Monday, January 4, 2016

Nals Margreid Pinot Noir 2013 (Italy) - Wine Review

Opened up this yummy Pinot ahead of it's release this Saturday as part of the first LCBO VINTAGES release of 2016.

Pinot Noir is nowhere near the first grape that comes to mind when thinking of wines from Italy. This red wine from Winery Nals Margreid is from the northernmost region of Italy, in South Tyrol (aka Südtirol), a region also known by its alternative Italian name of Alto Adige.

The grapes for this Pinot Noir come from Mazzon Vineyard in the southern portion of the winery's region, located on the eastern flank of the wide valley. The vines are at an elevation between 1,100 and 1,600 feet above sea level, in sandy clay soils and exposed to the afternoon sun. It's interesting to note that vineyard is located on the 46th parallel, which is the same latitude as the famous wines of Burgundy. However, since this region enjoys an average of 300 sunny days per year, one can expect a riper wine.

Nals Margreid Pinot Noir 2013 - DOC Alto Adige, Italy (88 pts)

Tasting Note:

NALS MARGREID PINOT NOIR 2013 - DOC Alto Adige, Italy (#434225) (XD) - $19.95
8 months in big oak barrels. Plum and sour cherry aromas from the cork. Ripe cherry with dampen earth aromas along with whiffs of ripe plum, clove and charcuterie. On the palate, it's medium-bodied with saliva-inducing acids, soft rounded tannins and flavours of ripe dark cherry, black cherry, sweet spice with beetroot, earth and strawberry flavours emerging on the medium-long finish. Will be enjoyed with Fesenjan (Pomegranate Chicken) with rice. Score: 88 pts

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