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Stroblhof Pinot Nero Pigeno 2012

Stroblhof Pinot Nero Pigeno 2012
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Alto Adige is none other than the German part of Italy and with that comes the enological culture of Germany and Austria. A higher focus on mono-varietal wines, clean/modern winemaking, a fetish for white varietals over reds, high acidity and the unmistakable mineral fingerprint, in this case coming from the metamorphic rock soils (quartz, granite, dolomite rock) that makeup this Alpine region's viticoltural DNA. Aside from this, high altitude but loads of sunshine (300+ days a year) guarantee great ripeness and at the same time, intense aromatics and fixed acid. This is why Alto Adige has become so revered in the wine industry. Founded in 1890 and making only 3000 cases of wine, STROBLHOF is an emblematic representation of what a small family run winery and bed & breakfast is like in the region of Alto Adige (also known as Sudtirol in German). Most of the wineries in this region are larger cooperatives, catering to the myriad of small growers with little land available. It is rare and exciting to come across an estate grown and made wine. Due to this, the terroir of Alto Adige shines thorough eve more than usual. All handled with organic viticultural practices and the most nature respectful approach, the wines of Stroblhof become a true icon of what this region is about. PINOT NERO (Blauburgunder) is the most representative red varietal of Alto Adige. Here the grape picks up extremely delicate, femminine and Alpine characteristics. Almost like a Mercurey in Burgundy but with a stronger backbone of acid that despite it's "light personality" allows the wine to withstand 10 years of aging in the best vintages. Coming from a single-vineyard and aged for 12 months in oak barriques, the "Pigeno" showcases the typical Alto Adige notes of wild strawberries, cassis and juniper berries, with a lovely mineral note on the palate from the rocky soils.
Wine Specs
100% Pinot Nero
Pinot Nero Doc
Vineyard Designation
A single-vineyard aged for 12 months in oak barriques, this wine will improve with cellar age. Optimal from 2013 to 2018.
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Farming Standard: sustainable
Food Pairing Notes
Try it with game, roasted meat, and aged cheese, risotto and polenta.