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Cantina di Caldaro Pinot Nero 2020

    750ML / 13.5% ABV
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    750ML / 13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Notes of cherry and raspberry, with hints of rose-hip tea on the nose. First impressions on palate are voluminous and soft, with a silky smooth finish

    This wine pairs perfectly with heavier meat courses, game and piquant hard cheeses.

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    Cantina di Caldaro, Italy
    Cantina di Caldaro is one of the classic wine divisions of the Kaltern winery. The winery functions as a cooperative with its members all in the township of Caldaro. The vineyards are almost entirely worked by hand with strict guidelines for quality assurance established by the cellar master. Many of the vineyards have been and still are tended by the same family, passed down from one generation to the next.
    The Cantina di Caldaro is located in Italy’s northernmost province of Alto Adige, in the Alps where Italy meets Austria and two cultures merge into one. The vineyards surround Lake Caldaro which provides a unique climate based on its thermal properties. The generous soil is limestone and clay-based near the lakeside, changing to volcanic limestone closer to town. The area is also well-known for apple growing. The region is the only one in Italy that can claim 98% of its production is classified as DOC.
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    A mountainous northern Italian region heavily influenced by German culture, Trentino-Alto Adige is actually made up of two separate but similar regions: Alto Adige and Trentino.

    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.

    Dominant red varieties include the bold, herbaceous Lagrein and delicate, strawberry-kissed, Schiava, in addition to some Pinot Nero.

    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.

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    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.”

    YNG431328_2020 Item# 1071788

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