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2016 Cantina Andrian "Finado" Pinot Bianco

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2018 | Send Email
It wasn't easy to convince Greg St. Clair to bring in yet another Pinot Bianco from Alto Adige. We have a pretty good selection already with top wines from Cantina Terlan, Kettmeir, and St-Michael-Eppan. But after our entire Redwood City sales staff tasted it blind and were blown away by its quality and character, he was forced to concede and bring in a few cases. I had a bottle last night with some fettucine with spring peas and prosciutto and parmesan cheese. I love its texture, is lightly spicy character, its persistence and length. If you love Italian wines, you have to try this. If you are a fan of white Burgundy or Chablis, you should be exploring these Pinot Biancos from Alto Adige. The Cantina Andrian "Finado" is a great place to start.

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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.


- 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