Niklas Schiava 2015 Front Label
Niklas Schiava 2015 Front Label

Niklas Schiava 2015

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    Winemaker Notes

    Pale red in color; aromas and flavors of fraises do bois, herbs, and orange peel.

    This is a very versatile red wine, particularly in warmer weather; great with cured meats (especially the Tyrolean specialty, Speck), pizza; or grilled chicken, pork, or salmon.

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    Niklas produces the native Pinot Bianco (oh so much more interesting than Pinot Grigio!); a certain richness with the acidity; lots of apple without the skin (more of a dilineated than edgy tartness).

    And -- let's it be proclained -- that Pinot Bianco is one serious grape in this area. We've tasted back vintages and it ages quite well. Dieter has banked on Pinot Bianco for years; I hope you will too, at least once.

    For something really different, try the Riesling-like, Kerner, a cross of the Schiava and Riesling grape. Apricot and peach make a delicate, refined nose. The Sauvignon here is grown from planting from one of the more famous Sauvignon producers in Styria; minerally and green pepper but also fruit that has tropical notes.

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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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    Creating transparent, cranberry colored reds, perfumed with a hint of mint or pepper, the Schiava grape makes its home in the Alto Adige region of NE Italy. The German speakers here call it Vernatsch and it goes by the name of Trollinger in the German region of Württemberg. Schiava enjoys great popularity in Switzerland, Austria and southern Germany. Somm Secret—Schiava’s bright raspberry and pomegranate qualities make it a perfectly delightful summer red! Serve it slightly chilled.

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