Alta Luna Pinot Noir 2018
A delicious match with tuna, salmon, chicken and grilled meats.
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.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”