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Tolloy Pinot Nero 1998

Other Red Blends from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    Winemaker Notes

    Granite red in color; complex bouquet, ethereal, and distinctive; dry, bitter aftertaste, full body, pleasantly tannic, hints of cherry and wild berries.

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    Tolloy

    Tolloy

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    Tolloy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    Protected from cold northern winds by the Italian Alps and graced with the Mediterranean influence from Lake Garda, this is an exceptional microclimate of unparalleled richness, ripe for cultivating extraordinary wine varietals.

    This land has been the converging point of cultures from the North and South since the 18th century. A point of exchange and a key region in the wine industry for centuries, the region’s dynamic history is the inspiration for Tolloy’s modern viticultural philosophy. The international taste profile of Tolloy’s varietal wines is the ideal backdrop to showcase the singular characteristics that this microclimate lends to each wine.

    The varied terrain and climate of the area allows a spectrum of varietals to find their ideal habitat in the hills and valleys. The international varietals that make up the Tolloy line exhibit distinctly concentrated bouquets that can only be found in the Italian Alps. These pleasing wines can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with International cuisine.

    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.

    Other Red Blends

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    CPA64535_1998 Item# 48989