Synopsis, Our Opinion: A GREAT wine that is way under-valued.
Producer/Winery: Andreas Berger; Thurnhof; Bolzano, Italy.
Grape Variety: Blend – 90% Vernatschand 10% Lagrein.
Geographic Appellation: Alto Adige, Italy.
Price: $16.20 (with a 10% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Grilled chicken and polenta with mild Italian sausage sauce, garden salad with romaine, tomatoes and onions dressed with artisan oil and blackberry balsamic vinegar.
Opened 45-minutes before drinking. Clear as an Alto Adige mountain stream, brownish/ruby red color with a light brown rim. Light red berry aromas with hints of lavender in full bloom. Smooth, slightly tart entry and a light body. Ripe strawberry and watermelon flavors, just enough fresh acidity to make it refreshing, very smooth tannins and a long dry finish. There was an unusual dusty smokiness as the wine was swallowed. This was a SPECIAL Italian wine that paired PERFECTLY with our Italian dinner. Vicky called it OUTSTANDING with the sausage & polenta and kept going back for more just to enjoy the wonderful wine pairing!!! This was a GREAT wine that is way under-valued. It’s a wine that’s worth some extra effort to find and pair with traditional Italian food. In fact I’ll stretch our price limit and say it’s a Quality wine at a Bargain price. It was a very special week-night wine!!!
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Closure: Natural cork.
UPC Code: 0 24606 35900 3
Imported by: Piedmont Wine Imports; Durham, North Carolina.