2013 Cantina Valle Isarco Sylvaner "Sabiona"

SKU #1264703

Silvaner is something of a quiet achiever. It is an underrated, neutral-scented, white-wine grape used widely in western Germany, and just across the Rhine in Alsace (where it is spelled Sylvaner). But! Tiny quantities can also be found in Alto Adige, northern Italy, where it is a specialty of the Isarco Valley. Silvaners in the Isarco Valley area are typically much lighter and crisper than their counterparts from Alsace and Franken, with faint citrus notes and a hint of pale honey.

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
This wine was a revelation to me, I’d never heard of this wine and I’ve been a big fan of Valle Isarco’s wines for years. Sabiona is a separate wine Estate it is actually a Benedictine Monastery and has been since 1687 and while the vineyards are truly dramatic they only make 2 wines and only 3,000 bottles of each. A bit of skin contact, 10 months on the lees in tank and then 1 year in the bottle before release. I came across this bottle almost by accident, it was in a box of samples a vendor dropped off for me and I really didn’t think much about it until I opened the bottle and a truly OMG moment happened. The wine has a vibrant floral aromatic but it is so tightly coiled it seems like just a wisp of flowers. On the palate the wine explodes, decidedly more open than the Sabiona Kerner not that it is lush it still shows searing acidity and minerality but couched in a richer denser mouth feel. The flavors are slightly riper pear, with just the slightest hint of tropical fruit. The finish is sensational, powerful and dynamic a really serious wine, try it with Halibut or even better Sea Bass or Grouper, but the wine is powerful enough to hold up to creamy pasta dishes.
Drink from 2016 to 2021

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2016 | Send Email
Wet stone and lime aromas lead in to a wine with a not insignificant amount of body. There is more than enough acidity to carry the ampleness, however, and the richness is further lifted by delicate floral embellishments which show up on the finish. Very interesting and compelling take on an under-the-radar varietal.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/18/2016 | Send Email
A little pricey, but worth ever penny and till the last drop. This Sylvaner shows a rich complex bouquet, with suggestions of green apples, citrus/cedar rind and geranium. The mouth feel is generous yet fresh and impeccably balanced, with consistent flavors of both yellow and green fruit, mountain herbs and stones.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/18/2016 | Send Email
Grand Cru Sylvaner? but that's not Italian. Smaragd Sylvaner from the Alto Adige? that's not Italian. OK so it is neither of those legally but that is what it drinks like. This wine the has power, depth, concentration of the best of the best white wines in the world. Imagine, a medley citrus peels being sun dried in cool alpine air on an ancient alter of quartz! If you are a mineral junky, this is for you! You can almost feel crystals forming on your palate stalagmite stalactite style during the glacially long finish.

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