2015 Abbazia di Novacella "Praepositus" Kerner

SKU #1296566 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors’ Choice* You’ll need to swirl the glass a few times to release the enticing scents of yellow stone fruit, Alpine herb and an intriguing smoky note. The savory vibrant palate is more expressive, delivering layers of crunchy green apple, zesty tangerine and juicy yellow peach set against crisp acidity. A flinty mineral note graces the lingering finish, lending even more depth.  (4/2017)

92 points James Suckling

 A beautiful white with exotic fruit and intense bitter lemon rind character. Medium body, lovely fruit and a bright, crisp finish.  (11/2016)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2017 | Send Email
Novacella’s top class of wines is the Praepositus, and the 2015 is a spectacular vintage to boot. The nose is full of pear, quince, lime leaf all that show a concentration, full and dynamic. On the palate the wine has a density, fullness that seems rich but has a powerful mineral acidity that holds the center together while extending it into a long finish. Full, powerful, lightly treading it is a marvel of a wine that will age for a decade well. Kerner is one of the Alto Adige’s finest grapes when coming from the Alpine Isarco River Valley.
Drink from 2017 to 2025

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