2016 Kettmeir Pinot Bianco Alto Adige-Südtirol (Previously $20)

SKU #1338620 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Kettmeir has hit the nail on the head with this attractive value buy. The 2016 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco is a fantastic expression with a deep sense of purity and finesse. I suggest you serve the wine ice cold. The bouquet shows a high level of intensity and fragrance, with white peach, citrus and passion fruit that you don't often get with the often neutral-smelling Pinot Bianco grape. (ML)  (7/2017)

Wine Enthusiast

 Enticing Granny Smith apple and fragrant white flower scents take center stage in this delightful white. The apple impressioin carries over to the vibrant palate, along with Bartlett pear notes and bright acidity. It finishes crisp and clean. (KO)  (7/2017)

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Varietal:

Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.
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