2016 Erste e Neue Vigneto delle Dolomiti Rose' (Previously $15)

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2017 | Send Email
Alto Adige is Italy's only wine producing region with several high quality wine producing co-ops. Other regions may have a few good co-ops, but not the concentration you find here. Erste + Neue is the product of a merger bringing together the first ("erste") wine co-op (1900) and the new ("neue") wine co-op (1925). This rosé is a blend of the regions indigenous Lagrein (20%) with Pinot Noir (20%), Merlot (30%) and Cabernet (30%). What you get is a fantastically juicy, yet dry and fresh rosé with lots of ripe strawberry and cherry notes along with stony minerality and a slight blood orange peel bitterness on the palate. This has great zippy acidity and is entirely drinkable on its own, although this would be great with a roast chicken or charcuterie.

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- This lesser known red varietal grown in Italy's Trentino-Alto-Adige is said to be a cousin of Syrah. It's made into intensely deep red wines that are at once broad and elegant, and most often labeled Lagrein Dunkel or Lagrein Scuro. It's also occasionally made into a rosé -Lagrein Rosato - but these are rarely imported into the United States. Characterized by dark fruit, chocolaty undertones, fresh herbs and good acidity that complements the varietals more rustic tannins.


- 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