2016 Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Grigio Alto Adige

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Many European vineyards have a long history of being connected to monastic traditions. Remarkably, Abbazia di Novacella in Italy's Isarco River Valley still carries on similar traditions today. The abbey was originally founded by the Augustinian Order of Canons Regular in 1142! To this day the monks continue to support themselves by farming vegetables and fruits, including grapes for winemaking. While humble in some regards, including the price, the wines of Abbazia di Novacella have an acclaimed international reputation, and in 2009 the enologist Celestino Lucin was named Winemaker of the Year in Gambero Rosso, Italy's premier wine and food guide. The Pinot Grigio is both classic and sophisticated. The majority is fermented in stainless steel, but 1/3 is fermented and rests in neutral oak casks adding depth and texture to what is Italy's time-honored, refreshing white wine.

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2017 | Send Email
Italy produces an ocean of Pinot Grigio and I’ll have to say most of it is not very exciting, this wine however is STUNNING! The 2016 vintage is one of Italy’s best. The nose is wow, full of a blend of complex stone fruit and waves of Alpine flowers. On the palate this wine has everything, richness, incredible balance and a long, long finish, it truly out does the entire category.
Drink from 2017 to 2023

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Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.


- 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.

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