2010 Pacherhof Kerner Valle Isarco

SKU #1084941 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, vivid straw-gold. Enticing, utterly pure aromas of lemon drop, flowers and cinnamon leap out of the glass. Then pristine and lively on the palate, with laser-like precision to the tropical fruit and white stone fruit flavors. The finish is long and minerally, with a mouthwatering quality thanks to bright, harmonious acidity. I had this wine recently at dinner with a friend and almost finished the bottle off by myself!  (10/ 2011)

K&L Notes

Never heard of Kerner? A cross of Riesling and Trollinger, Kerner is an aromatic white grape varietal developed in 1929 in Germany, named for nineteenth century German poet Justinus Kerner. It was released for general cultivation in 1969 but didn't go far; it remains pretty much exclusively grown in parts of Germany and in the areas Austria-Swiss-Italian borders. A family-run domaine since 1142, Pacher-hof produces some of this area's most exciting white wines from varietals most people don't associate with Italy, including this crisp, fresh, completely delicious Kerner. As K&L's Italian wine buyer says, "it's in a league by itself!" Enjoy it as an aperitif, or with simply prepared fish. You'll be hooked! (Chiara Shannon, K&L Head Sommelier)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/20/2012  | Send Email
Yes, it's that good - open this at dinner and chances are you'll end up finishing the bottle yourself. I did. Aromas of lemon-lime and delicate peach with sweetgrass and spice undertones are followed by round and unctuous flavors that expand on the palate along a firm backbone of acidity. The finish is minerally and long. I suggest fans of Albarino, Gruner Veltliner, Riesling, or even Sauvignon Blanc looking for a unique alternative to take special note here, although this should appeal to anyone who appreciates good white wine.

 By: Steve Jackson |  Review Date: 9/23/2012 
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Softly floral nose, with sea spray, wet stone and lemon zest. Slight sweetness at the front of the palate, with white peach and lemon notes, giving way to noticeable but smooth acidity and a lingering chalky finish. Nicely balanced and highly enjoyable.
Drink from 2011 to 2016

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Trentino-Alto Adige