Heinrich Mayr Nusserhof Elda 2011

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A light wine with lots of flavor and enticing character.

Producer/Winery: Heinrich Mayr; Nusserhof; Bozen, Italy.

Grape Variety: Schiava (85% Schiava and 15% other local grapes).

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Vino da Tavola (Vino Rossa), Italy.

Vintage: 2011.

Price: $23.40 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Pasta with Italian meatballs, homemade roasted tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese


    Opened One hour before drinking. Clear, thin brownish garnet color with a lighter red rim. Musty leather, cherry, plum, dusty rocks and smoky aromas. Smooth (you could almost call it silky), robust and dusty mouthfeel, light body and a 200-grit texture. Flourishing tart cherry, plum, red current and juicy ripe boysenberry flavors. Fresh acidity, light-footed fine grained, but very abundant tannins and a long dusty fruit finish. Looking at the thin color it looks like Pinot Noir, but both the aroma and taste are more like a spicy Rhone red. It’s clearly an unusual red wine that really tweaked our interest from the first sip to the last. It’s a light wine with lots of flavor and enticing character. We loved it and called it OUTSTANDING, even with our poorly paired dinner!!!

Heinrich Mayr and his wife Elda in their Northern Italian vineyard
Photo from David Bowler Wines.

Alcohol Content: 12%

Closure: 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Louis/Dressner Selections; New York, New York.