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2016 Abbazia di Novacella Grüner Veltliner Alto Adige

SKU #1330595

From the incredible 2016 vintage in the Alto Adige, this is aromatic, has superb body and is balanced, while showing great minerality. The Pinot Grigio from this producer has a bit more fruit, but this Grüner is a bit spicier.


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Price: $17.99
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Staff Image By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2018 | Send Email
Sharing a boarder with Austria, the Alto Adige is home to beautiful, fresh, grapes that we may think are more German than Italian. But this GV from the Bressanone Valley Basin is filled with bold aromatics, spice and fresh citrus fruits. The vineyards are at the highest elevation of the Basin and the wine is vinified in stainless steel keeping that fresh and focused feel to the wine. While fermenting with indigenous yeast, the wine becomes a little more earthy, spicy and aromatic.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2018 | Send Email
An absolute pleasure. Not even the Austrians to the north can match the exceptional value of this stupendous little Gruner. It's varietally correct and so approachable, but not at all boring or derivative. The nose is all juicy white and yellow berries with subtle floral and strong mineral components. The palate is vibrant with a linear acidity that keeps this lifted and super thirst-quenching. It has that Gruner crunchiness but it's not at all austere. A great value and a super wine to open literally any time regardless of what's being served or the mood in general.

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Varietal:

Gruner Veltliner

- Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria, making up about a third of all the vineyard land in the country, according to importer extraordinaire Terry Thiese. The varietal has definitely increased in popularity of the past few years, as sommeliers and wine directors loaded their lists with this spicy white because it pairs well with so many things. Its bouquet has been described as floral, tending to toward musky, with hints of peppery greens, lentils, citrus and red fruit with a distinctive mineral quality. In the mouth the wine can be broad or precise, but is almost always distinguished by bracing acidity and flavors that mirror the nose. A notoriously good ager, you can drink GrüVes in their youth, or let them evolve in complexity in your cellar.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Trentino-Alto Adige