2015 Cantina Valle Isarco Kerner Alto Adige

SKU #1290880

In the northern, alpine region of Trentino-Alto Adige Italy, German and Italian mix not only in place names, but also grape varieties. Kerner is a relatively new grape (developed in the 1960s) that is a cross between Riesling and the local red grape Schiava. Though something of a mongrel in terms of ancestry, in the right hands, such as those of the very capable people at Cantina Valle Isarco, it produces a full-bodied, un-oaked wine full of vibrant fruits, ethereal floral highlights and aging potential. A strong, spicy wine to enjoy with charcuterie and sausages or sashimi!

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2017 | Send Email
The Isarco River Valley is a river set where the Alps meet the Dolomites and in this valley some of Italy’s finest white wines are made. Kerner is the predominant variety here and although it doesn’t get much play as a grape in the rest of Italy once you taste it you’ll be a huge fan. The nose is striking almost tropical, there’s a haunting, inviting richness that beckons you to try. On the palate the wine has incredible weight but simultaneously buoyed by exceptional acidity and regularly makes a wine of 14% alcohol seem more like 12.5%. Long, balanced with that exceptional acidity the fruit follows through in the finish. Perfect for spicier dishes or if you’re looking for the weight and texture of Chardonnay (without the wood) Kerner is for you!
Drink from 2017 to 2022

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/10/2017 | Send Email
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We just had this last night with a Chinese banquet celebration and the wine worked magnificently. Rich enough for all the dishes and full of lovely exotic fruits and florals yet still dry. A big hit all around, and highly recommended for difficult pairings with multiple dishes.

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- 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.

Trentino-Alto Adige