Alta Luna Pinot Grigio 2011
The Alta Luna vineyards are situated along the foothills of the Adige Valley, bordering Trentino and Alto Adige, in the town of Roverè delle Luna. These high-altitude vineyards benefit from an ideal aspect and unique, well-draining glacial-alluvial soils. The climate in this region makes all the difference. Northern Trentino enjoys warm temperatures in the summer, contributing to the development of ripe concentrated fruit and elegant aromatics, while the cool evenings maintain the fruit’s acidity: the result are wines that are refreshing and well-balanced.
Producing well-crafted, expressive wines that over-deliver on price is not a new concept for winemaker, Anselmo Martini. Anselmo has been producing quality wines in Northern Italy for decades. His depth of experience shines through in Alta Luna, which uses grapes grown in some of the best, high altitude vineyards.
Trentino, the southern half, is primarily Italian-speaking and largely responsible for the production of non-native, international grapes. There is a significant quantity of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Merlot produced. But Trentino's native and most unique red variety, Teroldego, while still rare, is gaining popularity. It produces a deeply colored red wine rich in wild blackberry, herb, coffee and cocoa.
The rugged terrain of German-speaking Alto Adige (also referred to as Südtirol) focuses on small-scale viticulture, with great value placed on local varieties—though international varieties have been widely planted since the 1800s. Sheltered by the Alps from harsh northerly winds, many of the best vineyards are at extreme altitude but on steep slopes to increase sunlight exposure.
The primary white grapes are Pinot grigio, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot blanc, as well as smaller plantings of Sauvignon blanc, Müller Thurgau. These tend to be bright and refreshing with crisp acidity and just the right amount of texture. Some of the highest quality Pinot grigio in Italy is made here.
This “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot Noir and shows a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness. The grape boasts two versions of its name and two generally distinct styles: the crisp, Italian Pinot Grigio and the softer French Pinot Gris. Somm Secret—Given the color of its berries and aromatic potential, Pinot Grigio is commonly used to make "orange wines." An orange wine is a white wine made with fermentation on its skins (similar to red wine making), leading to n orange hued wine with ephemeral aromas and extra complexity.