Notes from the Wine Cellar – Kaltern Pinot Nero

In an effort to bring more wine knowledge to our friends, fans, and customers, Vino Vino will be periodically posting educational articles about some of our favorite wines we carry.  Today one of our house sommeliers, Brad Sharp, writes about deliciousness from the Dolomites …

2013 Kaltern Pinot Nero, Alto Adige, Sudtirol, Italy


The Alto Adige DOC is part of the larger Trentino-Alto Adige DOC which was established in 1975. This region in Italy’s northeast is mostly mountainous and borders Austria. A part of Italy since 1918, its Germanic influence is still felt in the language, culture, and grapes planted. Depending on the source, 17 to 18 varietals are allowed, with many vineyard located on steep hillsides.


Technical notes
Kaltern, established in 1906, is a co-op with 400 growers spread among over 740 acres. For this particular wine, the grapes are from vineyards with south-southeast exposure 300-500 meters above Lake Caldaro with limestone, clay, and volcanic limestone soil. The wine is aged for 6 months in large barrels.
This pinot nero has a classic/classy appearance in the glass. On the nose, there is cherry, raspberry, truffle, and rhubarb. On the palate, those same flavors are evident alongside a pleasant minerality and roses. It has the light body typical of pinot nero, but there is a sly muscularity, as well. This is a perfect pairing wine for any of our entrees, and it would be a great selection for parties of 2 or more to share without clashing with the food.


Impressionistic wine notes
If Bordeaux is for the brain and Burgundy for the body (yes, please read between the lines), then what is Alto Adige pinot nero? It’s true—it is a sexy wine, but there is more. Imagine an MMA fighter at the ESPYs: shimmer on the red carpet in a knock-out evening gown, and there you have it. She looks a stunner, all the while capable of a killer left hook. That’s the Kaltern. Come in and see for yourself.

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