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Thurnhof St. Magdalener 2015

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.

Vintage: 2015

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.

Tasting:

    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!!!

Andreas Berger in his family wine cellar
Photo from Thurnhof Winery.

Comments: Learn more about Andreas Berger and the Thurnhof wines.

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: 0 24606 35900 3

Imported by: Piedmont Wine Imports; Durham, North Carolina.