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San Michele Muller Thurgau 2014

Muller Thurgau from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    Winemaker Notes

    Straw yellow with greenish highlights. Slightly aromatic nose with overtones of ­flowers and fruit. Elegant, soft and lingering taste.

    Pairs well with grilled or broiled fish, all ­seafood dishes, pasta or risotto with seafood

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    San Michele

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    San Michele, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    The Istituto Agario di San Michele all’Adige is a benchmark in winemaking education and ­agricultural research that occupies 247 acres of land at the foot of the Italian Dolomites. The institute cultivates vineyards that are dedicated to education, experimentation and ­preservation of native varietals. An extension of the renowned institute, the winery of San Michele is located in what was once an Augustan monastery in the 12th century and continues a winemaking tradition on the premises that is over a thousand years old. Expanded over the course of the last 20 years, the winery today features modern enological technology focused on the ­production of wines made from indigenous Trentino varietals which represent the unique ­history of winemaking in the region.

    The institute was founded in 1874 when the regional Tyrolean Diet at Innsbruck elected to open an agrarian school together with an experiment station at San Michele for the revival of ­agriculture in Tyrol. The philosophy of the institute’s first director, Edmund Mach, has had an indelible influence on the direction of the institute and continues to be the drive behind its ­mission even today. Mach believed that a good wine must take into consideration several ­elements that cannot be separated from one another: the quality of the vineyard, the technical skill of the cellar and the character of the men who live this creation. This integrated approach is at the heart of the school’s curriculm and is a hallmark of all the native varietal wines ­produced here.

    Today, under the guidance of renowned winemaker and professor, Enrico Paternoster, this ­integration of tradition and scientific knowledge has expanded to include how to protect the patrimony of this unique appellation, researching biological techniques that have a small ­environmental impact the on delicate balance of these lands. Paternoster oversees each ­vintage of the institute’s indigenous wines, which includes Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Müller Thurgau, Riesling, Nosiola, Lagrein and the unique Incrocio Manzoni.

    Trentino-Alto Adige

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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.

    Muller Thurgau

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    Müller-Thurgau is a white grape variety created by Hermann Müller in the Swiss Canton of Thurgau in 1882. He crossed Riesling with the table grape, Madeleine Royale, with the goal of making a delightful drinking wine from an easier-to-grow vine than Riesling. When done right, Müller-Thurgau is full-bodied with floral aromatics. It has a refreshing, ripe, peach character that balances a crunchy and crisp quality. Müller-Thurgau makes white wine in Germany, Austria, Northern Italy, Hungary, England, Australia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, New Zealand, the United States and Japan. While some of its best examples actually come from the Alto Adige region of Italy, it is still the second most widely planted white grape in Germany second to Riesling. Worldwide, it is one of the most widely planted of the new breeds created since the 19th century.

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