2010 Mumelter St. Magdalener

SKU #1071054

Georg Mumelter's farm, Griesbauerhof, is situated outside Bolzano, the principal city of the Alto Adige. His tiny cellar is underneath the house, with the vineyards just outside. Mumelter is meticulous and quiet; his wines show great character and are exceedingly well-made. Santa Maddalena is Mumelter's calling-card. This delicious berry-ish red is Italy's answer to Beaujolais. Made of Schiava (in German, Vernatsch) with a small amount of Lagrein, this wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel. It is a pale red color with an aroma of strawberries and tomato leaf, very appetizing; the palate is bigger and more assertive than the color would suggest but still very drinkable. A faint hint of apple-skin bitterness on the finish adds to its appeal with food. It is delicious paired with most any pork dish, especially ham. Also wonderful with grilled salmon.

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